CEH clinicians provide in-depth evaluative services for school-age children who are experiencing a wide variety of difficulties within theirt current school environment, such as academic difficulties, developmental issues, behavioral problems, and issues with attention. CEH clinicians help to meet the needs of these children and their families through consultation, informal assessment, and comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations.
Psychoeducational evaluations are specialized, comprehensive psychological evaluations that focus entirely on a child's functioning within their school environment. While these evaluations are tailored to address the specific difficulties faced by each child, many such evaluations typically include cognitive, academic, emotional, and adaptive behavior assessment measures.
Cognitive assessment involves highly specialized test instruments that measure a variety of reasoning skills that research has demonstrated are crucial to performing adequately in a general education setting. Performance on these assessment instruments has been demonstrated to be highly correlated with academic performance; therefore, proper assessment can help identify cognitive weaknesses that may be the target of remediation or intervention, as well as cognitive strengths that can be built upon and used to the student's advantage.
Academic assessment, in this type of evaluation, differs significantly from school-based or state-mandated achievement testing that students typically undergo as part of their academic program. Academic instruments used in psychoeducational evaluations are clinical instruments that are specifically designed to investigate academic and cognitive processes that may indicate the presence of specific learning problems (referred to as "Specific Leaning Disabilities" in the public school system).
Emotional assessment is vital for students with behavioral issues, as behavioral issues may have many causes--frustration with learning difficulties, impulsivity due to attentional difficulties, mental health concerns, and many other possible factors. Emotional assessment helps understand the nature of the behavioral difficulties, and charts an appropriate course of intervention.
Adaptive behavior assessment involves measuring how well a child can function independently with the daily demands of the home and school setting, and is an important indicator of the level of help a child needs. Adaptive behavior is often the most crucial component of a psychoeducational evaluation, and frequently the most overlooked by other professionals. Improving a child's adaptive behavior produces real-world gains--greater independent functioning opens a child's world.