At The LightHouse Arabia, we use a variety of standardized psychological tests to answer referral questions for both adults and children.
A Doctoral level clinical psychologist/clinical neuropsychologist in Dubai will conduct the assessment, score the tests, interpret the scores and give feedback and recommendations. We assess:
- Cognitive abilities
- Mental retardation
- Academic difficulties
- Behavioral difficulties
- Childhood disorders
- Pervasive developmental disorders
- Learning difficulties
We also assess typical children who are functioning within the normal range whose parents would like to know about their psychological profile. The standard assessment will give you a deeper understanding of your child’s cognitive, academics and behavior as well as their personality and social strengths and weaknesses.
Why should I get a psychoeducational assessment done?
A good psychoeducational assessment should help you understand your child's educational and developmental profile. If you have questions about your child learning style or if your child is having behavioral, social, or learning difficulties, a psychoeducational assessment will help you identify their strengths and weaknesses. The report produced after the assessment will better equip you with knowledge about your child's unique profile and will allow you to support your child in the way that he/she needs. You may also wish to know if your child is gifted and perhaps is not being challenged enough at the school he/she is attending. An assessment can answer these questions.
Who typically refers the child for an assessment and why?
Often times school teachers or counselors will refer a child for an assessment to determine how they can best support the child in the academic environment. They may have questions about the child's cognitive, academic, or behavioral functioning, so they may refer the family to see a psychologist to determine whether a psychoeducational assessment is necessary.
As a parent, you may also have questions about your child's functioning and you may contact the psychologist at the clinic to request an assessment or to find more information about the process.
Does my child need to have an academic or behavioral problem for them to get an assessment?
A child does not need to have any behavior problems or learning difficulties for an assessment to be informative and valuable. A psychoeducational assessment is a wonderful tool for learning about your child's strengths and weaknesses so you can help them thrive and reach their full potential.
Who conducts the assessment?
A Doctoral level Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist will conduct the assessment, write the report, and give the feedback and recommendations.
Our expert assessment staff have undergone years of specialized training in conducting and interpreting assessments, differential diagnosis, and neuropsychological etiology in order to ensure you receive the most accurate information about your child's abilities in addition to detailed recommendations about how to best support your child's needs at home, in school, and in social situations.
What is the process of the psycho-educational assessment?
The process for the psychoeducational assessment includes a diagnostic intake, completion of parental and teacher rating forms, an in-clinic assessment and possible in-school observation as well as feedback. This is usually done over a course of a few weeks.
- Once an appointment for assessment is made, parents will be sent forms via email for themselves and the child's school teacher(s) to complete. The completed forms are to be brought to the diagnostic intake appointment.
- The diagnostic intake is a 1 hour session that takes place at The LightHouse Arabia clinic where one or both parents are present to review the developmental history of the child and to discuss the current concerns. The child should not be present at this appointment.
- The parents may also sign a consent form at the clinic and at the school to release information and potentially sign a form at the school to allow the psychologist to observe the child in the class for a 20-30 minute duration. The psychologist will also speak to the teacher at this time to gather more information about their behavioral and academic functioning.
- After this, an appointment will be scheduled for the assessment. The assessment is usually conducted in the clinic over a course of 2-3 days. The assessment includes cognitive, achievement, and behavioral measures to assess for IQ, learning disorders, behavioral disorders, and other childhood disorders.
- Once all the data is collected, the psychologist then scores, interprets and compiles a comprehensive psychoeducational report. Once the report is ready and all assessment fees have been settled, the psychologist will schedule an appointment for a feedback session where they will present the report and discuss the results and recommendations with the parents.
Contact us to book an appointment with our assessment specialists.