What is a Psychoeducational evaluation?
Who is it for?
Typically, these evaluations are for students experiencing difficulty in school due to suspected academic, behavior, social, or emotional problems. Depending on your circumstances evaluations can be done via private pay or an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) provided by the school district.
Does an evaluation lead to a diagnosis?
Per the BBS regulations, a Licensed Educational Psychologist can diagnose psychological disorders related to academic learning processes. This means a diagnosis may be made utilizing educational criteria for identifying students with learning and behavioral problems. When examining the necessity of a diagnosis I utilize the regulations in the Education Code or the DSM-V, depending on the ultimate goal of the evaluation.
How is my approach unique?
I utilize a problem-solving and strengths-based approach in my evaluations to best identify supports a child may need and the unique contributions they make to their learning experience. A problem-solving approach allows me to identify the problem, analyze possible explanations for it, and develop an intervention to address it. A strengths-based approach takes into account the unique contributions the child makes to their development and how to use those strengths to support any areas that may be impeding their success.