Academic difficulties with a student can be one of the most complex situations for teachers, parents and the student. Discovering the learning style of a student for a teacher can be quite challenging with the demands that they have. For parents, they may not understand what makes it difficult for their child to grasp the concepts presented in the classroom. Many students who continue to experience academic challenges have a higher risk of feeling discouraged and experiencing low self-esteem, truancy, drug use and school drop out. Even gifted children who often have an uneven set of cognitive abilities may experience fear when approaching tasks that are outside of the realm of their comfort.
Psychoeducational testing is used to determine a student’s strengths and weaknesses and learning style to be used to generate appropriate interventions, classroom and home-based accommodations and school placement.
Psychoeducational testing evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a student's academic abilities, learning style and educational achievement. Through psycho educational testing global areas of academic functioning are assessed which include, reading, writing and mathematics. Disorders in these areas are ascertained by the assessment as well as reveal the severity of the student’s difficulties (mild, moderate, severe) in comparison to same aged and educationally exposed children. Psycho educational evaluations also help determine if other factors are impacting the student’s ability to be receptive to the curriculum. Research indicates that children and adolescents with learning disorders have a much higher rate of ADHD, as well as behavioral problems. Thus, typically it is essential to determine the presence or absence of other potential processing problems such as: ADHD, dyslexia, executive functioning disorder, visual motor integration disorder and nonverbal learning disability.
Once the findings are reviewed, PGW will provide a comprehensive report, an in-depth feedback session and specific recommendations to address diagnosis and treatment. PGW will serve to determine if the student is eligible for education services under IDEIA, 2004. Recommendations provided may assist the school in the development of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) as well as develop appropriate classroom accommodations such as preferential seating, additional time on tasks and tests, use of a computer and certified tutoring.
Based upon the needs of the student, PGW staff is trained to partner with parents, schools, tutors, educational consultants/advocates etc. to devise an educational plan that will enhance the student’s academic performance.