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A Sample Assessment and Psychological Report (page 4)

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Jan 1, 2011

Summary and Recommendations

The final section of a psychological report summarizes the test results. It will likely be a brief summary that doesn't include individual scores. The school psychologist will include a list of recommendations that may help mitigate any weaknesses the child may have. Here is an example of a summary:

Mary is a nine-year-old female student in the third grade who was referred for a psychological evaluation because she made little academic progress during this past school year. She also appears sad at times and does not interact much with her friends at school.

Current test results indicate that Mary's intelligence is low average. Her cognitive efficiency skills are average; her verbal ability, thinking ability, working memory, and short-term memory skills are low average; and her long-term retrieval skills are very low.

Mary's visual-motor integration skills are very weak.

Achievement test data indicate that Mary's performance is average in oral expression and math calculation; low average in listening comprehension, basic reading, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and math reasoning; and low to very low in written expression.

Behavior rating scales completed by Mary's classroom teacher and her mother do not indicate that she is experiencing significant problems with internalizing, externalizing, or adaptive behaviors. Self-report rating scales completed by Mary do not indicate significant problems with self-concept, depression, or anxiety.

Mary's eligibility for special education services will be determined by an interdisciplinary team. The team should consider all available information in making this determination.

Mary's test results indicate that she has three problems: poor long-term retrieval, visual-motor integration, and written expression skills. Recommendations should be made to address these three main areas. It is possible that Mary's problems with writing can be attributed to difficulties with the creative process of writing. Writing tasks may require that she retrieve stored memories, which may be difficult for her because she has trouble with long-term retrieval. Mary would benefit from techniques to help her recall information. Because she has handwriting issues, Mary may try to get away with writing as little as possible if the task is difficult. Consequently, an evaluation by an occupational therapist may be warranted to see whether Mary has a problem with fine motor skills and how they can be improved.

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