His Story’s Psychoeducational Assessment
What Is It?
Psychoeducational assessments are used to evaluate a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional abilities and challenges. Through the process of assessment, a greater holistic understanding of the child is attained so that both the strengths and unique needs of that child can be better understood and supported. Usually, children are referred for assessment when they are having difficulties at home and/or school. Children who exhibit advanced or superior cognitive abilities which may lead to boredom in class will also benefit from a psychoeducational assessment.
The psychoeducational assessments services are currently offered for children and adolescents ages 6 to 16. When conducting the thorough assessment, the assessor will gather information from various sources, including the caregivers, child, and teachers. Recommendations are offered to a child’s family and school to help better meet the unique needs of the child.
The assessment process is a multi-step process
Step 2: Attend an intake appointment to discuss background information and current concerns. If the assessor and parent both determine the need for an assessment, a parent interview as well as testing will be scheduled.
Step 3: A parent interview will be held at least one week prior to testing. The interview lasts approximately 2 hours. The parent interview will be focused on the assessor gathering information about the family, developmental, medical, social, emotional, and academic history of the child. Parents will also be given assessment to be filled out and returned at the day of testing. A non-refundable deposit of half of the assessment fee will be due at the time of the parent interview.
Step 4: On testing day, the assessor will collect the completed assessment forms from the parent. The time of testing will vary depending on various circumstances, but testing may take up to 5 hours to complete.
Step 5: About two weeks after testing, the assessor and parents will meet for one hour of feedback. A visual presentation of the testing results will be given to parents at this time. The final assessment report will be mailed to the parents in a timely manner after the completion of the assessment process. The remaining balance of the assessment fee will be due at the time of parent feedback.
The complete battery of assessments is $1350
About the Assessor
Dr. Damian McClintock is a Licensed Professional Counselor with certifications in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Child-Parent Relationship Therapy. He completed his Master’s in Couple and Family Counseling at East Tennessee State University and his PhD in Counseling at the University of North Texas where he specialized in Play Therapy.
In his clinical work with children, Damian practices Child-Centered play therapy (CCPT) and uses play and the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment for the child. In this environment, the child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding from the counselor and process inner experiences and feelings in a developmentally appropriate fashion.
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