Psychoeducational Assessments

What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?

A psychoeducational assessment is a battery of tests, recognized as the standard for determining the existence of a learning disability/Learning Disorder. It includes: tests of IQ, phonological processing, information processing, short- and long-term memory, etc., and examines discrepancies between test results. The assessment also rules out other possible etiologies underlying the conditions.

STEPS FOR OBTAINING A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

If you have a suspected learning disability/Learning Disorder, or if your documentation is outdated (older than 5 years), you will need to obtain a new psychoeducational assessment. This is carried out by a registered psychologist who will provide you with a report that will give a specific diagnosis, along with recommendations for appropriate educational accommodations, strategies, and assistive technology.

OPTIONS FOR FUNDING YOUR PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

Option 1
If you are eligible for OSAP, you may be eligible to receive a Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD), which can assist in covering the cost of a psychoeducational assessment. The BSWD application is processed with your AL Advisor.  Please set up an appointment with your Advisor. NOTE: You do not need to accept the student loan, but you must be deemed eligible to receive one.

Option 2
If you are not eligible for OSAP, your AL Advisor will calculate assessment and equipment costs you might require and will contact the Financial Aid Office to establish whether this will alter your eligibility.

Option 3
If you are not eligible for the BSWD, another option available is accessing a parental/spousal Extended Health Benefit Plan – some plans can be used for partial or full payment of psychoeducational assessments. Accessible Learning can provide you with a form to submit to the plan provider to determine coverage.

Option 4
If you have explored the above options and still require full or partial funding for an assessment, you may apply for a Tuition Re-investment Bursary through the Financial Aid Office. The guidelines for these bursaries, though still based on financial need, are not as stringent as those required for the BSWD. Please see the Financial Aid website for further details at: Financial Aid + Awards

Option 5
If all of the above options have been explored, see your AL Advisor to discuss other possible funding options to pay for the required psychoeducational assessment.