Educational psychologists have a master’s or doctorate degree in education, an MEd or EdD. They may evaluate and diagnose Asperger’s Disorder, but more often they focus on the evaluation and treatment of learning disorders and learning problems.
Educational psychologists perform evaluations through a variety of educational tests, including IQ and academic achievement tests. They are skilled at making very specific recommendations based upon those test results. Recommendations are designed for classroom and homework time. Educational psychologists are experts at applying those recommendations in a one-on-one setting with the student through educational therapy. They can also provide assistance in the design of a special education program.
Educational therapy is a process that combines an understanding of how learning takes place in the brain with the knowledge of specialized teaching methods that help children learn. Educational psychologists can help children with Asperger’s Disorder who do not have a learning disorder but still have difficulties with homework, organization and planning of projects, or studying.
Due to budget and time constraints, the educational psychologist employed by your child’s school will not provide the comprehensive testing and recommendations that a private-practice educational psychologist can. Nor can they provide the educational therapy that a private practitioner can.