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Test for Success

Does your child struggle at school? Does it seem like homework takes way too long at nighttime? Are you constantly getting notes home from teachers? Too often, children have learning problems at school that are overlooked. Many parents assume the school they are sending their child to for six hours a day is going to help identify any learning problems. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The school districts have thousands of children to educate and often not all children with needs reach the top of the “alert list.” It is up to you, as a parent, to take matters into your own hands, and there are many resources at your disposal, including psychoeducational testing.

When your child is having difficulties at school, it is not fun for him or her, or you. Often the school has resources that can help, but you have to know how to access them. If you notice any of the following things with your child, then you might want to consider having him or her screened for learning problems by an outside professional psychologist:

  • Homework at night takes way too long and often causes conflicts.
  • Your child is consistently failing certain subjects.
  • You are frequently getting notes home from school about behavior, attention or missing homework.
  • Your child struggles with reading.
  • Your child just does not seem to “get” certain concepts.
  • Your child does not want to go to school.
  • Your child cannot seem to sit still for basic tasks.

Having your child assessed by a psychologist is a way to get an edge. Psychoeducational testing is not just done to find out problems but used as a way to identify strengths. Once you know what your child is good at, then you can help him or her use those strengths to overcome difficulties. For example, a child who has poor reading comprehension may do better when instructions are demonstrated for him instead of just being told what to do. Testing can identify the most effective way to teach your child.

Psychoeducational testing can help determine:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Reading and writing disorders
  • Problems with math
  • Attention problems
  • Whether your child is gifted

This type of testing includes intelligence testing, academic testing and other assessments. The psychologist has a toolbox full of tests that can look for visual-spatial problems, attention issues and even if your child has an auditory processing disorder. Once you have this information, you are equipped to ask your child’s school for additional help, which can include anything from preferential seating to additional time on tests, shortened homework, a change in classroom or a complete change in schools.

Most schools today take weeks to complete the psychoeducational process in order to get things moving to acquire additional help for a child. Using an independent psychologist who specializes in this area can help get the assessment completed quickly, which means the sooner your child can get the help he or she needs.

Take charge of your child’s education; if he or she is struggling, be proactive and schedule an appointment with a psychologist for further assessment.

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