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  • Writer's pictureAquilla Edwards

When is it time to seek a psychoeducational evaluation?

Though not exhaustive, these are some scenarios that might bring you to a psychologist to seek a psychoeducational evaluation. Some students are referred by their school or pediatrician. Others may be curious about their IQ and level of academic achievement and seek out this kind of evaluation without a particular concern in mind. Many have concerns about their learning or about their child’s progression in school, yet they aren’t sure what their next step should be.

What are some indicators that an evaluation could be a beneficial next step for you or, (if you're a parent), your child?

  • Consistently needing more time than allotted to complete assignments or exams

  • Struggling to become a fluent reader, despite plenty of practice and tutoring

  • Avoiding reading or becomes anxious when asked to read aloud

  • Having trouble internalizing math facts, despite receiving “extra help”

  • Saying or thinking, "I don't like school" or "I'm bad at school"

  • Exhibiting behavioral problems at school, but not at home

  • Having difficulty paying attention in the classroom or while completing assignments

  • Struggling to retain information or learn new material

  • Having difficulty organizing belongings, managing time, remembering instructions, or planning an approach to tasks

  • Consistently struggling to academically perform, despite additional help/tutoring/study aids

If any of these scenarios rings true to you, you may want to explore a psychoeducational evaluation. This type of assessment uncovers an individual’s strengths and weaknesses with regard to how they think and what they have learned academically (i.e., reading, writing, and math). It might reveal an unexpected vulnerability, such as attention difficulties or anxiety. It may also confirm suspicion of a learning difference. A psychoeducational evaluation can confirm or rule out learning disabilities, ADHD, as well as other conditions that impact learning, such as depression or anxiety. And you'll receive recommendations and guidance on where to go from here. To schedule a consultation, contact me at or 214-449-1595.


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