Our comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations (i.e. “psycho-eds”) assess a student's intelligence, processing skills, academic achievement, language functioning, articulation, attention, and social-emotional development. Vision and hearing screenings are completed before the testing sessions begin. While a large team of specialists are available to serve your child/young adult on a consult basis, the student typically spends the majority of his time with a psychologist and another educational specialist (e.g.,speech-language pathologist) who are selected based upon the presenting concerns.
Our multidisciplinary assessment teams provide in-depth analysis of language skills, providing a level of information would typically require two separate evaluations. In other settings, further testing of your child's language skills may be recommended after completion of a psycho-educational evaluation. However, at the Speech School, if language needs are present, a direct recommendation for therapy can be made without the need for further language assessment.
Following each evaluation, a detailed report of evaluation results, including specific recommendations to address identified needs, is prepared by the evaluation team. The clinicians also assist with educational planning.
Evaluation for Children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing
The Atlanta Speech School is uniquely equipped to provide in-depth evaluations for children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing who use spoken language as their primary mode of communication. In addition to assessing the same areas covered by the Speech School’s traditional psycho-educational evaluations, discussed above, our psycho-educational evaluations for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing also include a non-verbal cognitive measure and in-depth audiological testing including an assessment of any assistive listening devices that are currently being utilized by the student.
These evaluations can be used to fulfill the Independent Educational Evaluation provision under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students in public schools.
The psychologists and learning specialists in the Learning Evaluation Clinic are available to consult with parents or schools about concerns related to a student's child's learning or social-emotional development and will make recommendations as appropriate.