Evaluations

Ascend Psychological Services provides comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children, adolescents and college age individuals.

What is a psychoeducational evaluation?

A psychoeducational evaluation is an examination of an individual's cognitive ability, academic achievement, social / emotional and behavioral functioning. These evaluations may also include assessments of a student's sensory-motor skills, attention, memory, language processing, phonological processing, adaptive skills, and executive functioning. Ascend evaluations are comprehensive and tailored to address the individual's specific difficulties, resulting in highly focused interventions to help your child achieve success at home and school.

Why seek an evaluation for your child?

As a parent, you may seek psychoeducational assessment for your child for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To determine your child's eligibility for special education services by identifying a disability in one or more of the following areas: Specific Learning Disability, Intellectual Disability, Autism, Emotional Disturbance, and/or Other Health Impairment (i.e., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
  • To determine if your child is eligible for school-based accommodations under Section 504. 
  • To determine if your child demonstrates a need for accommodations on standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT. Accommodations may include extended time, additional breaks for students who become restless or experience test anxiety, fewer test items on a page or large print type, and permission to take the test on a computer. 
  • To determine if your child meets criteria for mentally gifted programming. 
  • To prepare your child's application to private school. 
  • To understand why your child may be having difficulty in school. For example, is your child's slow progress due to attention problems, visual-perceptual weakness, phonological processing deficit, or weak memory skills? 
  • To obtain a thorough understanding of your child's strengths and needs. 
  • To develop targeted interventions to aid in your child's academic success.