In certain circumstances parents will be asked to arrange for a full Educational Psychological Assessment for their child.  The fundamental reason for this is to give the LS teachers a greater understanding of the root causes of a difficulty that a student is having in order to plan the best possible supports in the classroom.

There are other reasons that Ed Psych testing may be requested.  These include evidence of the need for accomodations in stadardised testing.  Examination boards like the IB require medical evidence of a difficulty before they will grant accomodations like extra time, use of IT etc.  It is always a good way to identify the need for more specific assessments like Occupational Therapy etc.

Why Assess at Year 10?

Key Benefits
 
    •    Enhance self-esteem
    •    Increase academic success
    •    Increase social success
    •    Decrease parent-child conflict
    •    Provide a detailed “snapshot” of academic and psychosocial strengths and weaknesses
    •    Use of test results is individual’s decision 
 
  • What happens During Psychological Testing?
Psychological testing is straightforward and painless.  Prior to meeting with your child or adolescent you will be asked for developmental information as well as your impressions of your child’s problems, strengths, and weaknesses.  Next, your child or adolescent will be asked for his ideas about the problem.  What are his ideas about why he is struggling academically?  
During the testing itself, your child will perform tests that consist of reasoning tasks and core academic skill tasks.   For example, she may be asked to explain what vocabulary words mean, solve visual reasoning tasks, or read passages for comprehension.  In addition, there are  standardized tests to assess your child’s social-emotional skills including  self-esteem, stress tolerance, and ineffective coping skills.
  • What are standardized tests?
Tests that have been standardized have been given to hundreds of individuals within a given category (for example, age group).  This allows for the development of norms within a category; for example, the developmentally expectable range of achievement for a nine year-old.  Tests that have been standardized or normed allow psychologists to make reliable judgments about what is normal, exceptional and/or cause for concern.  Standardized tests are a diagnostic tool to accurately identify problems and possible solutions. 
  • What happens after psychological testing?
After the testing is completed, the psychologist scores the test and makes sense of the results.  Interpreting test results is a mix of using factual information and clinical judgment.  A detailed report is written documenting strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations.  The recommendations section of the report is an action plan for successful resolution of the issues that led to the initial referral.  For example, if a child has a learning disability, specific learning strategies, classroom modifications or tutoring may be recommended.  The psychological report can be used at the parents’ discretion for educational, therapeutic, or medical follow-up.  It is up to the parent to decide who, if anyone, is given the results of the evaluation. 
  • How long does psychological testing take? 
Comprehensive psychological testing generally takes approximately 4 hours of face-to-face time to complete a standard battery of cognitive (IQ), achievement, and personality tests.  Testing younger children is generally less time-intensive, while testing adolescents and adults may take more time.  Generally we will make every attempt to make the testing as comfortable as possible.  This may mean completing the test over a number of sittings.
  • Will my health insurance/employer cover psychological testing?
Thid depends on your terms and conditions.  If the school is requiring testing to be done then we will write to employers to make it clear that this is a school requirement.
  • What are the benefits of psychological testing?
The benefit of a psychological evaluation is in identifying problems that may hinder the success of you or your child.  After identifying unique strengths and weaknesses, customized recommendations are made to help facilitate success resolution of the problem. 
  • Can I be present during the testing? 
Of course.  It is important that you and your child be comfortable with the psychologist performing the examination.  With younger children or anxious children, having a parent present is especially helpful.  Kids who are pre-teens or older seem to prefer to work without parents present.  Nevertheless, parents are always welcome to be present for all or part of the evaluation. 
  • Is psychological testing cost-effective?
Accurate problem identification along with an individualized action plan for success is cost effective.  Without proper identification, difficulties may go undiagnosed leading to self-image problems, chronic underachievement, and/or social-emotional coping problems.   Psychological testing delivers many benefits and can give yourself or your child a new and more successful direction for the future. 
For school year 11/12 we will have an on-site diagnostician who will be able to complete testing for a fixed fee (likely to be around $1000US).  There are other options available in Manila that are cheaper but usually do not include on-site observation and teacher interview (which we feel are vital to get an accurate picture of strengths and challenges) and there are often waiting lists of 12 months or more.