Psycho Educational Testing
Numerous tests exist. Some are better than others. Because these tests will be used to determine the nature and severity of any underlying disorders, you should try to understand what these tests mean.
Preparing your child for Psycho educational testing can reduce anxiety and encourage cooperation through the upcoming battery of tests. One practice is to introduce the discussion by the number of days as the child is old; if the child is eight years old, discuss the evaluation at least eight days in advance of the testing.1 Reassure your child that the reason for testing is to understand why school is a struggle despite hard work and attempts to do well. Explain that the tests will contain a variety of questions, puzzles, drawings, stories, and games; and that the tests are neither painful nor about whether the child is crazy. Most importantly, offer the child hope in that the evaluation should show adults how best to help. Be open and honest as much as possible.
The psychologist doing the testing should have been trained in managing children with a history of academic failure. Test administrators try to make children comfortable. Do not expect your child to be aware of his or her actual test performance; correct answers are not supposed to be given out in order to maintain the professional integrity of the test. What really matters is whether the child is putting his or her best effort into each test administered.
Importance of the developmental assessment Developmental assessments are usually done because of a concern that the child may have a developmental delay or disorder. It is important to include a developmental assessment when evaluating children with possible developmental problems because such assessments can:
- help identify possible developmental problems and the need for further diagnostic evaluation
- provide an objective description of the child's abilities and deficits (a functional assessment)
- determine eligibility for programs (such as early intervention programs)
- aid in planning for appropriate interventions.
2. Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder – Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).
An estimated 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have ADHD. ADHD is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork. It is more common among boys than girls.
3. IQ and cognitive functioning – An IQ test is an assessment that measures a range of cognitive abilities and provides a score that is intended to serve as a measure of an individual's intellectual abilities and potential. IQ tests are among the most commonly administered psychological tests from 4 years to 90 years.
4. Behavioural and emotional Assessment – Adaptive behaviour is viewed as the effectiveness and degree to which an individual meets social and cultural standards of personal independence and social responsibility. Social skills represent behaviours which, in specific situations, predict important social outcomes for children and youth.
This is a self-report measure that assesses social functioning in children and adolescents understood as the degree to which an individual fulfills various roles in his or her life.
5. Career Guidance and Counselling – Discover your perfect stream, and subject combinations through a comprehensive assessment of your strengths and personalised counselling from leading career counsellors. Gain from expert guidance and explore the right career opportunities aligned to your stream choice.