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A psycho-educational assessment is a series of standardized tests to determine an individual’s intellectual ability, achievement levels, and social/emotional and behavioural functioning.

 

Educational assessment is the process of documenting, usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skill, attitudes, and beliefs. It is a tool or method of obtaining information from tests or other sources about the achievement or abilities of individuals.

 

These assessments are completed with children, adolescents, and adults to help identify underlying disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities, AD/HD, associated disorders, giftedness)which may be impacting their academic/work, social, and/or overall psychological well-being.

 

Depending on the outcome of the assessment, it is possible that accommodations and services can be arranged within the school, university or other community resources to help your child/ yourself achieve at a level that matches her or his highest potential.

Standardized Tests

What is a Psycho-Educational assessment

Many private and employee benefit plans provide coverage for psychological services. It is recommended that parents/clients discuss their coverage with their insurer to determine whether our services will be covered.

Please note: Any costs for such services as psycho-educational assessments, counselling, or consultation that are not reimbursed through insurance may be claimed as a medical expense upon completing your income tax.

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The process typically includes:

– 1-hour intake session

– 2-3 testing sessions of approximately 2-3 hours each

– 1 hour debrief session to share findings

 

Information is gathered through interviews, review of documents (e.g., IPPs, report cards, previous assessment reports including speech-language and occupational therapy reports), formal testing, and completion of rating scales and questionnaires

 

With formal identification, strategies and accommodations can be identified to help improve outcomes and reduce barriers to learning in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary school. Reports provide recommendations to address special services/resources required within the home and school/ university environments (e.g., individualized programming, assistive technology, extra time, access to specialized services). Assessment reports are often required to access certain services funded by the province or school boards.

Process

What is involved in a psycho-educational assessment?

Many private and employee benefit plans provide coverage for psychological services. It is recommended that parents/clients discuss their coverage with their insurer to determine whether our services will be covered.

Please note: Any costs for such services as psycho-educational assessments, counselling, or consultation that are not reimbursed through insurance may be claimed as a medical expense upon completing your income tax.

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GIFTED AND TALENTED (ECS to Grade 12: Code 80)

Giftedness is exceptional potential and/or performance across a wide range of abilities in one or more of the following areas:

  • ·  general intellectual

  • ·  specific academic

  • ·  creative thinking

  • ·  social

  • ·  musical

  • ·  artistic

  • ·  kinesthetic

A combination of cognitive ability and achievement tests are used to develop a comprehensive understanding of your child's learning strengths and weaknesses.

 

  1. The student is identified as intellectually gifted with Very Superior/Extremely High cognitive ability (Full-Scale IQ of 130+) as determined by a registered psychologist who administers an individual standardized psychological assessment. 

  2. Adjustments in programming are required to address the needs giftedness presents. Social and emotional characteristics, typical of many gifted learners, impact these needs.

 

The test of intellectual ability used depends on the age of your child: 

 

  • WPPSI-IV (ages 2 years 6 months to 7 years 7 months) 

  • WISC-V (ages 6 years to 16 years 11 months)

  • WAIS-IV (age 16 years onward) 

 

These tests evaluate verbal and nonverbal cognitive abilities and yields a Full-Scale IQ score.

 

The test of academic achievement is the WIAT-III which evaluates rote and higher order academic skills in the reading, writing, and math domains.

 

 For parents seeking testing in order to apply specifically to Westmount Charter School, only a test of intellectual functioning is required.

WESTMOUNT CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION INFORMATION

Ages 4-16

What is involved in a Gifted- Assessment?

Many private and employee benefit plans provide coverage for psychological services. It is recommended that parents/clients discuss their coverage with their insurer to determine whether our services will be covered.

Please note: Any costs for such services as psycho-educational assessments, counselling, or consultation that are not reimbursed through insurance may be claimed as a medical expense upon completing your income tax.

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Education is a key to having a successful future. Alberta Human Rights Act helps to ensure equity in post‑secondary education and help to make it is accessible to everybody including people with disabilities, such as learning disabilities and mental health conditions.  (Visit your University/ College Accessibility  Centre)

 

Are you experiencing difficulties with?

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  • comprehension

  • remembering

  • time constraints on exams

  • attention and focus

  • reading/writing/math skills (e.g., word decoding, spelling, solving math equations)

  • anxiousness

  • depressed mood

 

An assessment will help determine if your problems are the result of an underlying neurodevelopmental disorder (e.g., a learning disability or ADHD) or a mental health disorder (e.g., major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety.)  

 

A formal diagnosis will help you access

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  • Academic accommodations (e.g., extra time on exams) in university or college,

  • Accommodations for various entrance exams (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT, or GMAT),

  • (e.g., up to $2000 per year to assist with costs, and up to $8000 per year for special grants for students with disabilities. Education-related costs such as assistive services and equipment.) 

Ages 17+

Who will benefit from a psycho-educational assessment at post-secondary level?

Many private and employee benefit plans provide coverage for psychological services. It is recommended that parents/clients discuss their coverage with their insurer to determine whether our services will be covered.

Please note: Any costs for such services as psycho-educational assessments, counselling, or consultation that are not reimbursed through insurance may be claimed as a medical expense upon completing your income tax.

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  • Does your child experiences difficulty maintaining grade level academics (e.g., reading, writing, math skills)?

  • Are grades are sustained only through high levels of effort or support?

  • Does your child struggle with attention and focus?  

  • Are you interested in the GATE program or Webber Academy, Calgary Academy, Rundle College, Westmount Charter School & Others? Assessments help us to understand the current situation so we can more clearly see how we can improve it. In fact, schools recommend a re-assessment approximately every 2-3 years. 

Ages 6-17

Does my child need a Psycho-Educational Assessment?

Many private and employee benefit plans provide coverage for psychological services. It is recommended that parents/clients discuss their coverage with their insurer to determine whether our services will be covered.

Please note: Any costs for such services as psycho-educational assessments, counselling, or consultation that are not reimbursed through insurance may be claimed as a medical expense upon completing your income tax.

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