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Psycho-Educational Assessment






A comprehensive (bilingual--English/Russian or English/Ukrainian--when required) developmental and psycho-educational assessment is done to address language, cognitive, behavioral, and academic issues of pre-school and school-age children adopted from overseas orphanages.

The psycho-educational assessment may be necessary for children on arrival as well as for those who have been in the country for a while and demonstrate a need for remediation and special education services at school.

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The primary goal of a psycho-educational assessment is to evaluate your child's psychological and academic issues and obtain a clinical report that spells out the needs for special education placement and services required for effective remediation of the child.

A psycho-educational assessment on arrival is recommended when:

  • The child had been placed in a specialized orphanage for the ill and mentally disabled and/or attended a specialized school in the native country.
  • There are certain medical conditions or diagnoses (e.g. oligophrenia) stipulated in the original medical records of the child.
  • The child was diagnosed with educational disability and received special services (e.g.: speech/language) in the country of origin.
  • The child failed to start his/her formal education on time, was retained in the same grade, or received after-school remediation in the native country.

A psycho-educational assessment includes the following procedures:

  • Intake interview with parents resulting in setting goals and objectives for the evaluation. This is usually done through telephone and e-mail prior to an appointment in the office.
  • Review and the interpretation of adoption-related documentation from the native country (Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other countries of Eastern Europe). Interpretation of the child's specific background and its effects on the current psycho-educational and developmental status of the child. Review of all previous evaluations, medical exams, the Individual Educational Program (IEP) of the child and therapy progress reports. The parents have to mail copies of all documents to our office at least a week prior to the appointment.
  • Clinical observation of child's interactions and test-taking behavior in the office.
  • Two clinical testing sessions, normally completed within one day (in the morning and after the lunch break). For older children (12-16) three sessions may be required. Evaluation is done using (but not limited to) the tests and clinical procedures, taken from the pool of psychological instruments - see the list of assessment tests and instruments. Selection is determined by the child's age and the nature of the referral issues.
  • A follow-up conference with the parents to discuss findings and recommendations upon completion of the testing (the same day).
  • Written clinical report, submitted to the parents/school district within 3 weeks after the last testing session. The report normally contains an explanation of the child's educational needs, recommendations for the school setting and educational classification, supportive and remedial services, and recommended goals for the child's Individualized Educational Plan.
  • Additional consultation with the parents and/or school personnel within 2 weeks of clinical report submission.
Helpful information about the full assessment and preparation for it


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