The Assessment Center
Is your child anxious about school, refusing to go, or failing to succeed academically in a subject you KNOW they’re capable of mastering? If so, there could be more going on than meets the eye. A full psychoeducational assessment will provide valuable insight and offer recommendations for how to best support them in an educational environment.
Have you asked any of the following questions before?
How do I know if my child is behind?
Are there common signs that my child might have ADHD/ADD?
Is it normal for my 5-7 year old to worry, be anxious, etc?
What are the signs of anxiety in children?
What are the signs of dyslexia?
Who tests for dyslexia and/or learning disabilities/differences?
Unlocking a Child’s Learning Potential
Students struggle in school for a whole host of reasons. Perhaps your child has an undetected learning difference, such as ADHD, dyslexia, or dyscalculia (a learning disability in math), that’s at the root of the problem. There may also be a social or emotional problem stemming from school that’s hampering their success.
A psychoeducational assessment at the Learning Lab Assessment Center identifies a student’s strengths and challenges and results in individualized recommendations for supports and strategies that can be implemented at home and at school.
Parents may consider assessment if:
Your child’s reading, writing, and/or math skills are not developing at expected levels for their age and grade.
School is stressful/overwhelming and causes excessive anxiety, frustration, or conflict at home.
Your child’s academic performance does not seem to match their ability.
Homework lingers long past the expected completion time every night.
Your child's teachers express consistent concerns.
Your child’s standardized testing scores are low or surprising.
It has been nearly 3 years (or more than 3 years) since your child’s last psychoeducational assessment.
What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?
A psychoeducational assessment consists of a battery of standardized and interactive tests that help to determine overall learning strengths and weaknesses and provide detailed insights into how an individual thinks in key areas such as:
- Academic skills
- Social and emotional functioning
We see clients from the age of three all the way to adulthood. Click here to learn about our adult assessment services.
An assessment may identify a diagnosable learning difference which could be the cause of a problem. It may also help determine appropriate learning strategies and interventions, or guide educational placement decisions. Ultimately, its main purpose is to help our clients more fully understand their overall functioning and determine what supports may be necessary for promoting their academic and life success.
Specific areas that an assessment is intended to address include the following:
Learning and problem solving style
Memory and retention skills
Academic strengths and weaknesses
Cognitive (IQ) abilities
Anxiety and frustration tolerance during problem solving
Ability to sustain attention and focus
Assessment Follow Up
Several weeks after testing, parents receive a comprehensive in-person consultation with the examiner, as well as a detailed written report of the entire assessment. The Learning Lab’s staff clinicians provide recommendations and help parents understand the best follow-up steps.
From this information parents are better able to:
- Develop realistic academic expectations
- Find a “best fit” academic environment
- Rule out a learning difference, ADHD, and processing problems
- Clarify the most helpful ways to support their child’s learning
- Determine need for extra academic support or school accommodations
This comprehensive review and assessment is an invaluable road map for your child’s future, helping you and your child’s teachers highlight strengths and overcome any challenges.
Assessment services we offer:
Comprehensive psychoeducational assessment*
Assessments for adults
Assessment of IQ
*Our fee for a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment is $1,595.
Payment plans are available. You may also use your HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) to pay for psychoeducational evaluations.
Please contact us for information regarding fees for other types of evaluations.
Our Assessment Team
At the Learning Lab, psychoeducational assessments are overseen by Dr. Stephani Sawyer, our Director of Educational Assessments, and a team of skilled examiners. With more than three decades of academic and assessment experience, the Learning Lab is one of the only private learning centers in Middle Tennessee with a full staff of seasoned clinicians and diagnosticians.
Collectively, these specialists have administered thousands of assessments and helped individuals of all ages overcome learning challenges.