Psycho-educational Assessment for Attention Difficulties

Many children have difficulty with attention and distractibility and may appear hyper or especially active.

However, when a child’s difficulty with attention, distractibility, impulsivity and need for movement gets in the way of school, friends, and day-to-day activities, then an attention assessment may be appropriate.

Attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity can result in:

  • Defiant/acting out behaviour
  • Daydreaming
  • Too much focus on areas of interest
  • Difficulty staying seated
  • Anxiety/mood issues
  • Dips in grades
  • Difficulty with friends
  • Forgetting belongings
  • Putting off/avoiding homework/chores

What is involved?

  • Interview with Caregivers
    • Overview of the assessment process
    • Psychologist listens to your family’s story
  • Records Review
    • You will be asked to bring all available report cards, previous assessments and other related documentation for the psychologist to look at
  • Testing
    • The psychologist will want to get to know your child one-on-one
    • Short academic tests are given to see how your child reacts to challenging or boring activities
    • Generally 1-2 sessions
  • School Involvement
    • The psychologist will gather information from your child’s teacher through:
      •  Questionnaires
      • Interview
      • Possible school observation
  • Diagnostic Decision
    • The psychologist and pediatrician work with caregivers to determine the presence of attention diagnosis
  • Report Writing
    • The psychologist will look at all of the information and write a comprehensive report telling about your child’s strengths and needs. It will list and explain any diagnoses.
    • Recommendations and suggestions will be given to support your child at home and school
  • Meet with Parents
    • The psychologist will talk with you about the results
    • Suggestions for supporting your child at home and school will be discussed
    • Caregivers have opportunities to ask questions

Sometimes a learning assessment/psychoeducational assessment is required to explore additional learning needs.

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