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How do I know if my child needs a psycho-educational assessment?

Parents often wonder if their child needs a psycho-educational assessment. Sometimes, it is difficult to tell whether a child is having difficulty with learning due to a lack of motivation, disinterest or because their brain isn’t functioning properly.

Problems with focus, listening, remembering or even anxiety can affect one’s capacity to learn.

While ADHD can be the culprit, even students without ADHD can experience difficulties with these skills.

Students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may have trouble communicating what they want or understanding others’ emotions.

They may also have trouble understanding social cues. In addition, some children with ASD may have poor motor coordination and fine motor skill problems.

Some students with developmental delays may struggle with processing language and speech. Some children with dyslexia may have trouble reading. Others may have problems with math or writing.

Many students with emotional disturbances may have trouble coping with stress and may become easily frustrated. Students with certain personality traits, like aggression or impulsivity, may act inappropriately in stressful situations.

If your child struggles with one area of functioning, this could be important. Also, a child who seems disinterested in schoolwork may be experiencing stress at home. They can become withdrawn and start to avoid homework. This can indicate an emotional struggle.

Both parents and teachers can notice signs of these difficulties. If you suspect that your child may have a problem with learning, a psycho-educational assessment could be beneficial.