Assessments developmental / psychological / psycho-educational
If someone has recommended that your child get an assessment or even if you initiate it, you may be feeling anxious. No parent likes to hear that their child has a problem. It helps to keep in mind that an assessment is not a diagnosis in and of itself (though it may lead to one), nor a sign that something is seriously wrong. Assessments lead to a better understanding of an individual’s competencies, resources and challenges and of the caregiving and learning environments most likely to help a child make fullest use of their potential. For children, assessments help determine academic and educational interventions and accommodations. Assessments typically include a detailed interview, behavioral observation, and administration of various assessment instruments (e.g., tests, rating scales).