What is psycho-educational testing?
Although it may sound scary, psycho educational testing simply refers to the psychological tests used to analyze the mental processes underlying your child’s educational performance.
Why does my child need testing?
Making the decision to have a child evaluated may be difficult. Parents can struggle with fear, worry, and even shame. However, a persistent feeling that “something is off” is an indicator that testing is necessary.
The good news is, that once an evaluation is completed, a report will yield crucial, detailed information about the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and neurological development.
What is the testing process?
A specialist looks for a pattern of strengths and weaknesses that emerge across the span of several tests.
After the evaluations, recommendations will be made to parents and educators regarding the best teaching methods and educational environment for the student to reach his or her full potential.
What tests are available and what do they evaluate?
I.Q. An Intelligence Quotient indicates a person’s mental abilities relative to others of approximately the same age. According to MENSA UK, “The term IQ usually refers to the attempt to measure a person’s mental agility. There are many standard IQ tests in use around the world. On most intelligence tests, average IQ score is 100.”
Academic Achievement Levels (by grade level and age level). Academic achievement tests are standardized and measure a student’s progress and achievements. A variety of academic achievement tests are used for different states and at different levels of education.
Visual-Motor. The test is used to evaluate “visual-motor maturity,” to screen for developmental disorders or to assess neurological function or brain damage.
Learning Disability and Giftedness Screening. Screening is the first step in the process of gathering relevant information about an individual. Screening does not determine whether or not the person has a learning disability or giftedness. It may include observations, informal interviews, the use of a written tool or a review of medical, school or work histories.
Attention Deficit Disorder Screening. Because there’s no clinical test that can detect ADHD, a diagnosis depends on a complete evaluation by psychiatrists or psychologists.
Verbal and Visual Memory. A verbal reasoning test is a form of aptitude test used by interviewers to find out how well a candidate can assess verbal logic. A visual field test maps out what the world looks like to the individual.
Visual and Auditory Perception. Perceptual tests are among the most frequently administered clinical instruments. They offer several different explanations for various perceptual regularities and irregularities, depending upon the orientation of the user.
After the tests, what’s the next step?
The resulting formal report can be used to:
- Document the need for special services to be provided by the schools
- Take extended time SATs and High School Entrance Exams, and many other tests
- Evaluate for entrance into a gifted program
- Accommodate through 504 Plans
Psycho educational testing and evaluations in Delaware and southern Chester County
At Back to Basics, psycho-educational evaluations are performed by licensed, clinical psychologists on staff. Using the most sophisticated measures available, Back to Basics can help maximize a student’s success by analyzing the style in which he or she learns, his or her strengths and non-strengths as well as any learning differences. To learn more or schedule a test, please contact Back to Basics at 302-594-0754.
About Back to Basics Learning Dynamics, Inc,
At Back to Basics, we know that an investment in education is an investment in the future.
Since 1985, Back to Basics Learning Dynamics has been the undisputed leader in 1-on-1 tutoring in Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania for over 60 subjects for children and adults, including 1-on-1 SAT/ACT/Praxis Prep, as well as translating and interpreting in 21 languages, homebound services, RTI support, and psycho-educational testing. For more information, please contact Back to Basics at 302-594-0754.
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