Comprehensive Learning Assessment
A comprehensive learning assessment (also called a psycho-educational assessment) focuses on understanding the whole child and investigating areas of strength and challenge that are affecting your child’s learning. To do this, this assessment includes three main components:
- Cognitive Abilities (how your child reasons, his memory, her efficiency in processing information)
- Academic Skills (e.g., reading, writing, math, and oral language skills)
- Social/Emotional/Behavioural Functioning (e.g., how emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, or attention problems may be impacting your child’s performance at home and school)
Understanding your child’s cognitive profile helps you and teachers to better understand how a child learns. When a child is struggling or is demonstrating behaviour problems, it is important to “dig down” to understand the underlying reasons for the challenges. A child may receive a poor grade on a test for a variety of reasons: not understanding the material, difficulties with writing the answers, difficulties with understanding the question, challenges with paying attention to what the question is asking, or losing track of what the question was while attempting to create an answer. A Comprehensive Learning Assessment will help to determine the underlying reasons for a child’s struggles and provide specific recommendations for parents and teachers.