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The Power of Psychoeducational Evaluations

Every individual is a unique human being with their own set of complex cognitive traits. Psychoeducational evaluations serve as a tool for one to gain insight into the happenings of their mind. In this blog, we will explore the purpose, mechanism, and impact Psychoeducational evaluations can have.

What is a Psychoeducational Evaluation? 

Psychoeducational evaluation is a detailed and comprehensive assessment of one’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning, as well as their academic abilities. There are many components of a Psychoeducational evaluation. They usually include a background interview, an IQ test, an academic achievement test, other supplemental tests, a projective test, and observations. These tests evaluate different aspects of mental functioning in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. The objective of Psychoeducational evaluation is to conduct an extensive assessment in order to deliver insight into strategies for social, emotional, behavioral, and academic improvement. The evaluation will allow for advancements at home, in school, and simply throughout daily activities. 

The Process:

The process begins with intake and preparation. This is the step where you meet with a team member to discuss the process and are provided with information about what will be required from you during the course of the evaluation. This meeting gives you the opportunity to inform the team member of any concerns or information about you that may help with the evaluation process. 

Next (usually a few days after the meeting), the standardized assessment examinations are conducted. The given assessments may vary, however, the typical evaluation has a few separate assessments. The IQ test is used to evaluate cognitive skills and identify strengths and weaknesses. An academic achievement test can cover topics such as reading, writing, spelling, math, etc, and will be used to identify discrepancies in academic capabilities. There may be other supplemental tests given that can help gain further insight into one’s cognitive abilities and that may be used to substantiate a diagnosis. A personality test, known as a projective test, may also be given to understand the thought processes and emotional intelligence of an individual. 

Once all the data is collected, it will be assessed by a professional in order to determine the difficulties that an individual may be facing and, if necessary, form a diagnosis. A professional will then meet with the individual and review their results with them as well as provide detailed recommendations on how to proceed and improve their lives. If the professional thinks that an individual should get further help, they will refer them to more specialized professionals who are better suited to guide the individual. 

Why Should I Think About Getting Evaluated? 

Psychoeducational evaluation and the guidance that follows it have the potential to have a tremendous positive impact on one’s life. It allows one to gain a deeper understanding of their mental processes and their academic capabilities. If an individual is grappling with learning difficulties, they may not know that they are in need of further intervention and may also not know how to begin the process of receiving help. 

It is crucial to get the help you need in order to reach your full academic and mental potential, which you may struggle to do without the proper approach. The holistic approach that Psychoeducational evaluation is based on, allows one to look at a variety of aspects about themselves and is the first step towards unlocking one’s full capabilities. 

Apple Psychological offers a holistic Psychoeducational Evaluation that will provide you with excellent insight and recommendations to improve your performance in school or work and throughout your daily life. We will guide you throughout the entire process to ensure comfort and security. 

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College Transition: Navigating the Journey of Choosing a College Major

Whether you are on your way to college or already in college, you know that choosing a college major is one of the most significant decisions you face as you move on to higher education. Your major determines what career you will have after the next 4 years of undergraduate studies, however, for many students this decision, along with the idea of selecting a major can be overwhelming. If you find yourself wrestling with the big question of what to study in college, rest assured–you are not alone.

 

It’s OK to Not Know

The first step is recognizing that feeling uncertain about what to study in college is completely normal. Rather than viewing these uncertain feelings as roadblocks, try to see them as an integral part of your journey. Take this opportunity to explore all of your interests, passions, and the different career paths available, without the pressure of having to figure it all out right away.

Figure Out Your Interests

Take the time to think about your interests. What subjects do you find the most engaging? What activities bring you joy? What volunteering or work have you done that has inspired you? Consider what your academic strengths are, and use this to your advantage. College is the place where you get to hone in on all that you love and are passionate about.

Seek Guidance and Get Involved

Don’t ever feel ashamed to reach out for guidance and support. Colleges have a vast array of resources that are meant to help you on this journey of self-discovery. You can find support through academic advisors, professors, mental health workers, and family. All of these resources can offer valuable insight, and perspective that will help direct you in the right direction. Many universities offer career counseling sessions and workshops that are designed to help students explore and identify potential majors and career paths.

Trust the Process

Remember, your choice of major is not set in stone. It is ok to change your mind, pivot, and explore new avenues along the way. Trust in yourself and the process of discovering who you are in this new phase. Keep an open mind, embrace the change, and believe that everything will fall into place.

And, if you need a little extra guidance, Apple Psychological is here to help! Check out Our College Transition Team which provides young adults with the necessary therapeutic support for students balancing the many stresses and responsibilities required during college life. If you need support during this time, check out our College Transition Team or book a FREE consultation with a therapist who will start you on your journey HERE.

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In-Person or Online Learning? A College Transition Experience

Completing high school and choosing to attend college is a big deal. COLLEGE… Sounds scary, right? Professors; Expensive textbooks; Lectures; Exams; Homework; and meeting new people.

The transition from high school to college can be a daunting experience for just about anyone. Usually, individuals have some level of control and choice in what kind of school they attend or what they want to study. Students want to have a say in their overall college experience.

In-Person or Online Learning? A College Transition ExperienceOnline Learning vs. Traditional Classroom Setting
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic, there has been a significant acceleration in the availability of online learning, especially for college students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 15% of college students in the United States attended primarily online institutions in 2020. The appeal of online learning is that most institutions offer fully remote programs that benefit working students.

As a student myself, I truly valued having the opportunity and privilege to take online courses because I lived more than an hour away from campus. Online learning gave me more time with my loved ones and helped me gain responsibility and leadership skills throughout my online courses.

According to Cooke (2024), 70% of students agree that online classes are better than traditional classroom settings based on reduced expenses, schedule convenience, becoming more skilled with using technology, and better retention of learned information. Moreover, online learning can help students retain between 25% and 60% more information, compared to traditional classroom settings. Furthermore, if you are a student who cares about the environment, online learning also uses 85% fewer CO2 emissions per student compared to learning in a traditional setting.

Student Perspectives
There is little research in comparing students’ experiences of the two modalities of learning; online learning and traditional classroom settings. However, a study conducted by Frontiers in Psychology sought to examine undergraduates’ preference for academic performance, class material, and assessment in online learning and traditional classrooms. Students expressed a preference for completing activities face-to-face rather than online, but there was no significant difference in their test performance between the two modalities.

In addition, students expressed a strong preference for class discussions to be face-to-face, because they felt more engaged and received more immediate feedback compared to traditional learning. What is more interesting is that students in this study appreciated the convenience of completing writing activities online in their own time, but strongly preferred to discuss course content with their peers in a classroom setting rather than online. This study concludes that online learning and traditional learning lead to similar levels of academic performance, but ultimately it comes down to student preference in the type of learning that is most beneficial for their unique needs.

Choosing to attend college is a great start. Making the right decision about how to successfully achieve your academic goals is an even better start to your college journey.

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Cooke, C. (2024). In-person VS online learning statistics: The top list of 2024. Upskillwise. https://upskillwise.com/in-person-vs-online-learning-statistics
Hamilton, I. (2024). By the numbers: The rise of online learning in the U.S. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/education/online-colleges/online-learning-stats/
Kemp, N., & Grieve, R. (2014). Face-to-face or face-to-screen? undergraduates’ opinions and test performance in classroom vs. online learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01278

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How To Support Your Child During The College Application Process

Applying for college can be very daunting and time consuming for highschool juniors and seniors. Students have to focus on excelling in their current classes while prepping for their future and what school or major they want toHow To Support Your Child During The College Application Process pursue. Between deadlines, essays and forms that need to be completed, students can easily feel overwhelmed and confused. Adding in the fear of not getting into their dream school or not having a “perfect” application profile, students will need support during this stressful time. Here are some tips for how you can support your child during their application process:

Research schools and highlight important dates
Every college has specific dates for when your student can apply. Research dates and information that your student may not know such as application options like Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision. Familiarize yourself with what each school has to offer your student to help narrow down which schools would be a best fit. For example, If your student is interested in athletics and attending a big school, research facilities, support services and housing services to see how your student will be supported throughout their time at the school.

Plan a visit
All colleges offer campus tours throughout the week where your student can visit campus and learn more information about the school. Some schools offer Q&A’s with students and class visits where your student can experience what it is like to be a student at the school for a day. There are also open house events where students can ask questions about financial aid and speak to faculty; these events can help your student envision what school may be the best fit for them.

Reassure your student
The college application process consists of a lot of excitement and hope when visiting a university your student is interested in; however, the process also consists of rejection and disappointment for many students. Remind your student that their hard work and dedication is recognized and will yield the best results. A lot of students compare themselves to their peers since the process is so competitive. This can lead to your student feeling discouraged. Support your child by acknowledging their accomplishments and celebrating their hard work.

The college application process can heighten a student’s anxiety and lower their self esteem. The workload during this time can be very heavy for a student and support from peers and family can be extremely beneficial. Celebrating your student’s wins and assisting in the process by planning trips or researching schools can take a lot of pressure off your student’s shoulders. This can help them succeed in meeting all of their deadlines. Apple Psychological’s College Transition Team can help further support your students during this stressful process. Our team of clinicians understand the difficulties of transitioning to college and are prepared to support your child through treatment and multimodal therapies. Learn more about Apple Psychological’s college transition team at College Transition Team .

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How can I support my teen in building friendships?

Building relationships in high school and college can be difficult for teens as they are navigating young adulthood and discovering their identity. Social settings can be difficult for some teens as they are either more prone to picking up unhealthy habits from peers, or struggling to build connections. Teens can be malleable and need to have the foundation of a sense of self. Reaching out to people first or committing to a plan can be difficult. As anxiety about being rejected or not being accepted may come up, it is important for teens to feel supported for being their authentic self.

Oftentimes, teens prioritize receiving support and acceptance from their peers. Therefore, parental support is especially beneficial when teens are building friendships. Relying on support from peers can be tricky as a teen because not all friendships are supportive. Teens may choose friends that encourage self destructive behavior such as substance abuse. It can also become easy to get lost in a friendship and feel alone. This can lead to teens changing themselves in an effort to be liked and accepted. Having parental support can be comforting because the teen will know that there is someone who accepts them for who they are.

Everyone wants to be accepted by their peers, especially teens. It can be easy for teens to lean into overthinking about how they are perceived by their peers. It is important for teens to have the mindset of being themselves when building relationships. No one is going to be accepted 100% of the time and this can be a good thing! Showing up authentically in friendships can weed out people who do not align with your wishes. This can be addition by subtraction, as it leads to finding friends who offer a stronger connection. Teens shouldn’t beat themselves up if strong friendships aren’t formed off first interactions or connections. They should learn to take each experience as a learning lesson about what company they want to keep and what they want out of a friendship.

When building friendships, sometimes you have to take the first step to show you’re welcoming and interested in meeting people. Teens tend to hide behind their phones and it can be harder to build connections when no one is willing to put themselves out there. A small gesture or a small conversation about a common interest can open the doors to building connections and making friends.

Feeling lost when navigating building friendships can be disappointing. Apple Psychological offers support through teen counseling and psychotherapy treatment. If your teen is isolating themselves or struggling to communicate, consider suggesting therapy, where they will have a safe space to communicate how they feel. This will help them build skills for cultivating new, strong relationships.

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