Psychoeducational Assessment

Psychoeducational Assessment located in Westport, CT

Is your child showing signs of a learning disability? At my practice, Joan Oppenheim, PsyD, LLC, in Westport, Connecticut, I can provide a psychoeducational assessment to identify a learning disability your child might be struggling with and provide effective solutions. To learn more, call the office today or use the online booking tool now. Telehealth appointments are also an option.

Psychoeducational Assessment Q&A

What is a psychoeducational assessment?

I perform psychoeducational assessments  to examine a child's cognitive abilities, academic skills, and social-emotional functioning. The primary aim is to identify learning difficulties, strengths, weaknesses, and underlying factors affecting a child's learning and educational performance.

What learning disabilities can a psychoeducational assessment identify in children?

This assessment identifies various learning disabilities that can significantly impact a child's academic progress. Some common learning disabilities that a psychoeducational assessment can pinpoint include:

  • Dyslexia (learning disorder affecting reading and language processing skills)
  • Dyscalculia (inability to understand numbers or mathematical concepts)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity)
  • Specific learning disorders (complications with writing, comprehension, or math)

Keep in mind that psychoeducational assessments reach beyond the list above. They can determine other disabilities, too.

What will my child experience during a psychoeducational assessment?

During a psychoeducational assessment, your child will undergo standardized tests, interviews, observations, and possibly behavioral assessments. The evaluation may look at their skills, including the following:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Academic achievement
  • Attention span
  • Memory skills
  • Language skills
  • Social-emotional development

The process is tailored to your child's age and needs and addresses the specific concerns of you or their educators.

What are the benefits of a psychoeducational assessment?

There are many benefits of a psychoeducational assessment for a child. For one, it allows me to provide an accurate diagnosis, identifying specific learning disabilities or challenges. Results offer clarity on your child's educational needs and help develop targeted interventions. Equally important may be the assessment of persoanlity and emotional function and how it affects behavior and functioning.

A psychoeducational assessment also provides individualized support and early intervention and helps highlight your child's strengths, allowing these areas to bolster confidence and academic success.

In addition, the process can offer you guidance as a parent, providing insight to support your child's learning needs at home. It’s also beneficial for educators to know so they can work together to ensure your child has the tools and resources needed to flourish.

Overall, a psychoeducational assessment can serve as a vital tool in understanding your child's learning profile, paving the way for tailored support and educational interventions and fostering a positive learning environment to help them thrive academically and emotionally.

To learn more, book an appointment by phone or online today. Telehealth appointments are available as well.

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Joan Oppenheim, Psy.D, LLC

Psychologist located in Westport, CT, serving Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Fairfield, Weston, Easton CT, and Westchester County, NY

My  practice is based in Westport, Connecticut but serves all of Fairfied County and I conduct telehealth therapy for those in New York and Westchester County. I built my practice with an emphasis on high quality patient care and experience with  a particular emphasis on communication and responsiveness. I feel privileged to be entrusted with a patient's care and to bear witness during their vunerable times while they seek help.

I earned a BA from Yale College-Yale University, an MA from Teachers College-Columbia University and earned my doctoral degree at  the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. 

I underwent further training through a predoctoral internship at Clifford-Beers Child Guidance Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Consortium, a postdoctoral residency at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut. I am a member of an organization called Give an Hour which  provides theraputic services to service members, vets and their families and I have served as a Special Master for the Conneticut Judicidary as well as consulted with local schools.

My practice is dedicated to working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families, helping them make essential changes to improve their functioning and enhance their quality of life. I seek to empower patients with solution-focused approaches guiding them through challenging situations and relationships within a warm, constructive, and confidential environment that restores balance in their lives.

I help patients achieve hope, problem-solving skills to use in the future and personal empowerment for those facing anxiety, depression and adjustment issues. I also provide  therapy for individuals, couples who are experiencing the challenges of infidelity, marital discord, divorce and the accompanying changes for themselves and their families.  I specialize in parental education to address issues concerning children as well as providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments.

To book an appointment, use the online booking tool or call today. Telehealth is available and I offer a complimentary fifteen-minute telephone consultation.