Socio-Emotional Assessments

The purpose of the socio-emotional assessment of the child is to evaluate different systems in the child’s world as well as the child’s socio-emotional functioning and emotional experience of these systems. The evaluation further aims to identify and understand different factors that contribute to the child’s current experiences, in order to make the necessary recommendations in the best interest of the child (Webb, 2011:61).

A socio-emotional assessment may be recommended if your child experiences any of the following issues:

  • Significant anxiety, fear, sadness, or depression.

  • Difficulty regulating emotions

  • Anger issues, explosiveness, aggression, defiance to authority.

  • Poor self-esteem, negative view of himself and the world.

  • Behavioural problems, incompliance, frequent conflicts.

  • Difficulty connecting with peers

  • Conflictual sibling relations

  • A child has been a victim of bullying or abuse by peers or adults.

  • A child has been adopted, and is experiencing conflict with his adoptive family.

  • A child has experienced a significant change or loss in their lives: Divorce, immigration, illness or death in the family, birth of a sibling, loss of a pet.

During the assessment, we will be taking a holistic look at your child’s functioning in all areas. Areas that will be evaluated during the evaluation will include, amongst others:

  • School and peer relationships;

  • Relationship with parents and siblings;

  • Child’s experience of marital relationship of parents;

  • Other significant people;

  • Relationships in which the child might be experiencing discomfort;

  • Attachment;

  • Broad screening of perceptual and motor functioning;

  • Screening for possible exposure to trauma.

A socio-emotional assessment will assist to identify the child’s needs and experiences and would therefore be able to suggest supportive strategies to help the child by providing the parents or school a deeper understanding of the child’s needs and experiences.

Socio-emotional assessment structure

  • Individual parent consultation.

  • 2-3 sessions with the child.

  • Collateral investigation.

  • Feedback with both parents.