Joseph Frey has maintained a private psychology practice in Augusta, GA, since 1989. Now focused primarily on providing consultations and psychological assessments, Joseph Frey of Augusta, GA, has conducted numerous psychoeducational evaluations of children.
The psychoeducational evaluation serves as a key tool in determining the cognitive and socio-emotional factors that may be interfering with a child’s success. It can help to identify a learning disability, while also evaluating the effect that any emotional or behavioral difficulties may have on a child’s performance in school.
A typical psychoeducational evaluation includes specialized testing, using such cognitive and academic evaluative instruments as the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) and the Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement. Other tests may assess the child’s information-processing abilities, including his or her memory and ability to focus, while still others provide detailed interpretations of the child’s emotional experience and personality.
The evaluator will consider the results of these tests in combination with a review of the child’s medical and academic records. Evaluators of younger children may ask the parents to complete a questionnaire, while older children may have questionnaires of their own to fill out. Finally, most evaluations also include interviews with the child and/or the parents, depending on the child’s age and developmental needs, so as to gather a complete picture and produce the most informed results possible.