Psycho-Educational Evaluation Services
Martin D. McGinley, MS, NCSP
Licensed School Psychologist
A psycho-educational evaluation, also referred to as psychological “testing,” provides an estimate of a learner’s cognitive abilities (level of intellectual functioning or “IQ”) and academic skills, as well as recommendations that can aid in educational planning. Some questions that may be answered by such an evaluation include:
Information is obtained through questionnaires, interviews, review of school and medical records, individually administered standardized tests of intelligence, achievement, and information processing, and ratings of the learner’s social-emotional status and behavior.
Specific learning disabilities (LD) or Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) may prevent some adult learners from acquiring necessary life skills and becoming self-sufficient. Research suggests that adults with undiagnosed (or not recently diagnosed) LD or ADD/ADHD could constitute a substantial portion of those enrolled in adult basic and literacy education programs.
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act protect such learners. However, these adults require a recent comprehensive evaluation, an appropriate diagnosis, and documentation of their impairments in the form of a written report from a qualified examiner in order to access the legal accommodations they need to pass GED, ACT, and SAT tests, or from college and university disability services offices.
Learning Solutions specializes in providing evaluation, diagnosis, disability verification, and documentation of learning disorders such as ADD/ADHD and LD in adult learners.
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