Psychoeducational Evaluations in McKinney, TX
Psychoeducational evaluations, also referred as educational or academic evaluations, are testing batteries used to determine an individual’s ability to learn in a given educational environment, their aptitude for academic achievement in the ideal environment, and what accommodations or resources may be necessary to create the ideal learning environment. Psychoeducational evaluations are often recommended by educators or physicians who want to determine whether a student is struggling with learning disabilities like dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, auditory and language processing disorders, or other specific concerns. We encourage caregivers, parents, and students to focus on the full picture offered by assessment rather than the specific diagnosis. You can learn more on this page about psychoeducational evaluations at PEARS, PLLC.
Reasons Psychoeducational Assessments Are Recommended
There are numerous reasons why a student may be referred to the PEARS, PLLC team for a psychoeducational evaluation. The overall goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to develop a complete picture of a student’s academic, developmental, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral abilities, and areas where they may have more difficulty. Specifically, how does the child's strengths and weaknesses will play a part in the child's ability to learn, and how do these strengths and weaknesses help them achieve their current academic goals, their personal goals, and their professional goals later in life. Some of the specific things considered as part of a psychoeducational evaluation include:
Determining what academic support and resources are necessary to remove barriers to educational success
Making recommendations for continued support from other providers
Reassessing the impact of current support and resources to ensure maximum efficacy
Preparing to receive college-level accommodations
In addition to these educational concerns and specific diagnoses, psychoeducational assessments may also evaluate other issues that can impact the student’s ability to learn. This may include emotional concerns, difficulty with inattention or hyperactivity, and differences in physical ability.
The Psychoeducational Testing Process
Psychoeducational testing batteries are fully customized to the individual’s situation and specific needs. We will utilize a variety of assessments and evaluations to accurately gauge a student’s aptitude and ability, including:
Cognitive / Intelligence testing
Assessments of emotion, behavior, and cognition
Clinical interviews with students, parents, and teachers/educators as necessary
Educational, therapeutic, and medical history
After Psychoeducational Evaluations
Following a psychoeducational evaluation, Dr. Arduengo will provide a comprehensive report explaining the findings. When beneficial or necessary for accommodations, we may include specific diagnostic language. However, our goal is always to help parents and educators to better understand the student’s unique skills and aptitudes as well as areas where they may struggle or need different resources to achieve an equitable educational experience. These reports can be used as supporting documentation for admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) meetings or in creating individualized education plans (IEP). Recommendations for additional support through Section 504 can also be provided. You can learn more about these educational resource meetings and processes on our IEP and school advocacy page.
How Do I Schedule Assessments at PEARS, PLLC?
Parents and guardians are welcome to reach out to the PEARS, PLLC team anytime with questions about educational assessments or to schedule an assessment. We know that navigating this process (especially if it’s the first time your child is receiving an assessment) can be overwhelming and frustrating, and we will be with you every step of the way. Dr. Arduengo does her best to make this process as stress-free as possible. Learn more by calling or texting us at
(817) 826-9572 or completing our online contact and scheduling form.