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How do I know if my child needs an evaluation?

Parents are often nervous and unsure about seeking the help of a psychologist. As a parent, you likely have a thorough understanding of your child. Your observations coupled with feedback from school personnel may lead you in the direction of seeking the assistance of a psychologist and a psychoeducational evaluation. A child may be in need of an evaluation if he/she repeatedly struggles in school. Parents should also ask themselves if teachers have been making the same comments for years. Evaluations are often sought if things just don't seem "right". Simply stated, trust your instincts. A psychoeducational evaluation can provide you and your child with answers. This evaluation may be an appropriate first step in determining the presence of an educational disability and interventions that can be attempted within home and school environments.

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