A psychoeducational evaluation is a formal diagnostic assessment by a Ball State clinician under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. This evaluation is useful when a student is experiencing significant academic difficulty. Tests measure cognitive strengths and weaknesses and emotional processes. This evaluation can determine the causes and most likely solutions for significant academic difficulties.
The testing is often used to identify learning differences, which are characterized by a significant disparity between an individual's learning ability in one area compared to his/her learning abilities in other areas. Examples include dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, and disorder of written expression.
The results of this evaluation are used to create a specific treatment program in order to help the individual remediate areas of relative weakness and also compensate for them by developing strategic use of strengths. There is a fee for this diagnostic assessment.
Should a diagnosis of a learning or psychological disorder be made, the Ball State clinician will also determine if the student qualifies for reasonable academic accommodations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
A psychological report to include comprehensive documentation and recommendations will be released, with the student's (or parent's) written permission, to the student's medical doctor, and/or the student's school or university special education office. If appropriate, the BSU clinician will coordinate with the special education department or case conference committee, which will determine reasonable academic accommodations for the student within his/her school or university.
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