PA Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) / Psychoeducational Evaluations
Psychoeducational evaluations focus on your child’s academic functioning based on their age, cognitive abilities, and educational level. This evaluation is usually recommended if your child is having difficulty learning in school (like when a learning disability is suspected), but can also identify students with academic strengths (giftedness), or uneven profiles (such as students who are twice-exceptional).
A psychoeducational evaluation will help identify your child’s unique learning style by measuring a range of cognitive skills such as reasoning and memory. Their cognitive abilities (IQ) will be compared to your child’s achievement or academic skills in areas including reading, writing, and mathematics. Our psychoeducational evaluations will also assess social-emotional and behavioral needs that may be impacting your child’s ability to learn in their school environment.
Our assessments take into account each child’s uniqueness and talents. We take a holistic view of the child seeking information from key stakeholders in the child’s life. A thorough assessment process leads to specific recommendations which will assist your child with capitalizing on their strengths and overcoming their challenges.
Being Comfortable With The Results Matters
If you, as the parent, disagree with the school district’s evaluation, you have the legal right to challenge the results and request an IEE done by a psychologist of your choosing. One of the main reasons to seek out an IEE from a psychologist of your choosing is to provide additional expertise and an objective opinion in order to best meet your child’s learning needs and ensure they receive the support they deserve. Additionally, school districts must consider the results of an IEE when determining the need for services and accommodations.
Ally Psychological Services offers Independent Educational Evaluations for the following areas of concern:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Reasons to request an IEE
The reasons for requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation are unique to each individual. Some common reasons include:
– You believe your child should receive special education services, but the school district has told you they do not qualify.
– You disagree with the results or recommendations of the school district’s assessment.
– You believe that the results of a district evaluation are biased.
– You have doubts about the report or recommendations you received.
– You would like an objective assessment from someone with expertise who will take the time to get to know your child and their unique situation.
At Ally Psychological Services, you will receive a comprehensive IEE designed to identify your child’s specific learning needs. We will also work with your child’s school district to help ensure our recommendations are fully understood.
FAQ for Education Evaluations
Yes! In order to appropriately evaluate and determine if someone meets criteria for a diagnosis of ASD, we utilize a full battery of tests that include the gold standard of assessments in the Autism field; the Adult Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2).
Usually, you and your child will come into the office for one visit, lasting approximately five hours (with breaks). Sometimes, you might need to come in for an additional briefer visit. When appropriate, we conduct school observations and meet with teachers, staff, and other professionals in the student’s school.
Our comprehensive evaluations are $3,500*. This includes all interviews, assessments, and a feedback session where we go over the results and recommendations of the evaluation with you in detail.
Although we do not accept insurance, you may be entitled to reimbursement from your insurance company depending on your plan’s benefits and the type of evaluation provided. It is also possible that your school district will cover some or all of the costs for the evaluation.
Currently, we accept cash, check, credit, debit, or your HSA card for payments. We will provide you with a detailed invoice and Superbill upon request.
*An additional charge of $1,000 is required for any Forensic (legal) evaluation.
Absolutely! Talking to teachers, faculty, and the IEP team at your child’s school is an important part of our process to ensure we provide the highest quality report and recommendations. We understand the importance of this evaluation for your child’s success and will not take any shortcuts throughout the process.
We can help you manage or navigate the best plan for your child’s specific needs. Give us a call to discuss how an independent education evaluation specialist can help you ensure your son’s or daughter’s needs are being met correctly.
Our Team Knows How To Help
There are many ways to help children cope, heal, and overcome challenges. Our team has years of experience and education in effective modern methods used to create positive, lasting changes in kids and to help their parents too.
At Ally Psychological Services, children are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of developmental issues. Our clients learn to develop coping skills which will aid in addressing the unique hurdles they will face throughout their lifetime.