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PSYCHOLOGICAL-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT


WHAT IS A LICENSED EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST?

As a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), Brent Cooper is thoroughly trained in both psychology and education, and authorized to perform functions pertaining to the academic learning process. One of the advantages of using his services as a Licensed Education Psychologist is that he has spent ten years working within the school system, which offers the client a valuable perspective into the evaluation and intervention process.


WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A PSYCHOLOGICAL-EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT?

The purpose of the evaluation process is to discover why there is a problem. Once the problem is identified, a specific treatment plan is designed, including strategies and interventions, which are tailored to the precise needs of the child. This “game plan” is then discussed with the family at the final feedback session, which includes a comprehensive report. Over the years, we are proud to have helped hundreds of students reach their full potential by providing the families of these youngsters with the tools and resources needed to succeed.

A complete and comprehensive battery of tests are administered and utilized to diagnose the following:


  • Cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Psychological Processing Disorders (Auditory, Visual, Sensory Motor Integration)
  • Gifted Learners

Psychological-Educational Assessments are unique because of the specialized testing instruments used. Areas of assessment may include:

  • Intellectual Development – These tests measure an individual’s thinking, problem solving, conceptual understanding, information processing, and overall intelligence.
  • Academic Achievement Skills – These instruments measure present levels of performance in Reading, Arithmetic, Written Language, and Oral Language Skills.
  • Social Emotional – These tests evaluate behavior, social-emotional development, and the ability to get along with others.
  • Communication Development – These tests evaluate an individual’s ability to receive, understand, and use verbal language.
  • Processing – These assessments measure individual strengths and weaknesses in processing information, including acquisition, recording, organization, retrieval, display, and dissemination of information (Auditory, Visual, Sensory Motor Integration, Conceptualization, Association, Memory).
  • Executive Functioning – These instruments measure the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel tasks and situations.
  • Attention – These tests measure how a student actively processes specific information present in the environment.
  • Health/Developmental – A formal interview is conducted by the examiner to assess early childhood development and concerns related to the referral.
  • Other – Additional means of assessment are used with parent consent, including: Observation, Teacher Interviews, Review of Records, and Rating Scales.