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There are a number of reasons parents seek psycho-educational assessments for their child. Here are some common concerns raised by parents and teachers.

Attention Problems

Problems with attention can present in a number of ways and are often different for boys and girls. Parents and teachers may observe outward behaviours such as: always being on the move, interrupting conversations, dominating play situations, difficulty waiting in line or for a turn, and strong emotions that can feel overwhelming. Attention problems may also be more subtle, for instance, not getting work done unless being supervised, disorganization, careless mistakes, and missing details. Often children with attention issues may become immersed in activities of interest for long periods of time, like watching TV or playing videogames. However, they can have a hard time ending such activities, or paying attention to things they do not find interesting, like math or reading.

learning disabilities assessment of young girl in classroom
Learning disability assessment girl reading a book

Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities can affect the development of a child’s reading, writing, math, and oral language skills. These disabilities may also impact organizational, and social skills. Psycho-educational assessment helps identify the reason, or reasons, that a skill is not developing as expected. Once identified, targeted intervention strategies for skill development, and work-arounds for learning issues, can be implemented.

Other possible diagnostic outcomes:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Children who are gifted often show an insatiable curiosity, ask many questions, have an exceptional vocabulary. They may finish their work early and report feeling bored at school. Some may even exhibit behavioural issues. A psycho-educational assessment focuses on intellectual giftedness, or high IQ, and measures skill development in reading, math and writing. These are the areas that schools focus on when deciding whether to start an enrichment program or consider a gifted class placement. Contact us for more information, we are here to help.

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