Help Your Child
Families with children or adolescents who are experiencing significant difficulties in school may also be dealing with high levels of stress at home. Academic problems often lead to decreased self-esteem and feelings of hopelessness in a young person. In a cyclical manner, negative emotions then contribute to poorer performance in school. It is often difficult to determine which came first – the academic problems or the emotional difficulties? Psychological and educational assessments help establish the causes.
An educational assessment determines the nature and extent of difficulties that a young person is experiencing in academic functioning. Educational assessments typically include IQ testing, academic achievement testing, and testing for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or other processing disorders. In addition, testing for specific learning disorders is conducted if it is suggested by the results of the initial educational assessment.
A psychological assessment is an evaluation of a young person’s social and emotional functioning, including evaluating for problems with depression, anxiety, social isolation, substance abuse, aggressive behaviors, and functioning with peers and family members.
The results of psychological and educational assessments are provided in a written report which includes scoring information, explanation and interpretation of results, and recommendations for improving functioning. If your child is struggling either academically, socially or emotionally, come in for a consultation with Dr. Brian to begin the healing process.