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Q: How do I know if my child should be tested by a psychologist?

posted Jan 20, 2015, 7:09 PM by Nancy Bell   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 7:09 PM by Marlana Preston ]
A:  There are many reasons you may want to a psychoeducational evaluation of your child.  Some parents choose an evaluation simply to better understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses and whether their child is working up to his/her potential.  Other parents choose an evaluation to learn whether their child has a learning disability or an attention disorder.  Questions parents should consider include:
  • Does your child put in effort, but continues to struggle in school and not get the grades you think he/she deserves?
  • Why is your child so frustrated doing homework?
  • Why does my child seem like he is seeing a concept for the first time when homework is supposed to be a review and reinforcement of concepts learned in school? 
  • Why does it seem like my child needs to study so much harder than his friends?
  • Why does my child study hard one night and then the next day seem to not remember the material at all?
The more you know about your child’s learning style, strengths, and weaknesses, the better you and the school can support him or her to ensure your child gets the necessary help to succeed in school.