Psychoeducational (Psyched) Assessments

Uncover your child’s learning potential.


Each child approaches learning differently. But perhaps you’ve noticed that lately, school seems to be a struggle. Your child’s teacher may have told you they are falling behind their peers with reading, writing, or math. So now, what do you do?

A psychoeducational (psyched) assessment will help you navigate your child’s unique approach to learning. It will identify areas of strength and weakness in their learning style and uncover their learning potential. You’ll receive strategies to support your child or teen in their learning journey.


What is a psychoeducational assessment?

Sometimes referred to as psyched or psychoed, psychoeducational assessments evaluate how a child or teen learns. Assessments are tailored to each child and vary in length and complexity. Generally, psyched assessments look at social functioning, emotional maturity, cognitive reasoning skills, the ability to sustain focus, memory, executive functioning, and academic tasks involving reading, writing, and math.

How will a psyched assessment benefit my child?

The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to gain a better understanding of a child’s or teen’s learning style and identify unique strengths and weaknesses. Once the assessment is complete, parents will be equipped with strategies to support their child’s learning and better prepared to advocate for their child in academic or institutional settings.

How much does a psyched assessment cost?

The cost of a psychoeducational assessment with Dr. Firer is $3290.

An ADHD assessment is shorter than a psyched assessment and costs $2115.

Insurance providers such as Pacific Blue Cross may cover some or all of the cost of a private assessment. Consider checking with your insurance provider to see if you have coverage before your appointment. Medical Service Plan does not cover psychological services.

What is the psychoeducational assessment process?

Dr. Firer conducts psyched assessments in her Vancouver, BC, office. Assessments will vary based on each child’s or teen’s unique circumstances. On average, they take approximately 7 hours to complete. Dr. Firer will space these out over 2 sessions.

Psychoeducational assessments take into consideration many elements, but often focus on the following:

  • Background review: provides a contextual understanding of the situation.
  • Cognitive Skills: helps to identify strengths and weaknesses in learning abilities.
  • Academic achievements: tests academic skills and compares them to grade-based expectations.
  • Attention/impulsivity/executive functioning
  • Memory
  • Professional observations.
How can I prepare my child or teen for the assessment?

The idea of a psychoeducational assessment can be stressful for a child or teen, especially for one who struggles in school. It’s helpful to be open and honest with your child about the assessment and to explain the benefits of completing the evaluation (such as strategies for helping a child succeed in school).

Where in the Lower Mainland do you work?

Dr. Firer’s office is centrally located in Vancouver, BC, at the Three Story Clinic near the intersection of Broadway and Cambie. Her office can be easily accessed by car or transit.

Dr. Firer’s office may be convenient for families who live in the surrounding municipalities of North or West Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, or Surrey.