Parents of school-aged children often wonder when it is better to just “wait and see” regarding an academic or behavioral problem and when it is more appropriate to seek professional advice. Their observations are similar to these:
“My child does great in school except in math - he just doesn’t get it.”
“My daughter has to read things over and over to comprehend the main idea.”
“It takes my son forever to do his homework —I can’t tell if it’s lack of motivation or something else.”
“My daughter just can’t concentrate when it comes to schoolwork.”
Clarifying the Issues
A psychoeducational evaluation is often an appropriate course of action to clarify the issues cited above. A full psychoeducational battery usually consists of the following components:
Cognitive and academic achievement levels are determined, including a description of strengths and weaknesses. From this information, a specific learning disability may be diagnosed or ruled out. Attention problems, or even ADHD, may be identified. A student’s academic learning style may be described. Information regarding visual or auditory processing difficulties may be obtained. Specific recommendations for each student are made, and the test results and recommendations are discussed in detail with the parents. Consultation, follow-up with teachers, and tutoring are also available options.