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Program Using Psychoeducational Intervention for Learning (PUPIL)

Program Using Psychoeducational Intervention for Learning (PUPIL)

What is the Program Using Psychoeducational Intervention for Learning (PUPIL)?

The Learning Disabilities Psychoeducation Clinic at Oshawa Psychological & Counselling Services offers Psychoeducational Intervention to students with learning disabilities.

Young people with learning disabilities and attention related conditions may struggle with anxiety and depression. It is important to accurately identify the type of learning disability that is present and to assist the young person to effectively address it, thereby improving their school performance and ability to cope.

Psychoeducational Intervention begins with a comprehensive assessment to identify strengths, needs, and what is interfering with a young person’s ability to learn. The program is then individualized and targets specific areas to improve cognitive and academic functioning (in reading, writing and mathematics).

Psychoeducational Intervention is different from tutoring because it identifies the root causes of moderate to severe learning difficulties and addresses them. It builds on the underlying processing or thinking skills that are needed for a student to learn in various areas. Tutoring typically focuses on teaching specific subject matter.

What To Expect

Based upon current research in cognitive processing (synthesizing information from the internal and external environment), executive functioning (goal directed managing of oneself and one’s strengths and resources), and evidence-based strategies to promote learning and the development of reading, writing and mathematics skills, each person will receive a comprehensive assessment and individualized remediation plan. This generally occurs in two sessions of individual instruction per week, periodic testing, and regular written reports. Costs will vary depending upon the individualized plan. Instruction is provided by professionals (Psycho-Education Interventionist) with extensive training in learning disabilities and psychology who work collaboratively with psychologists in the development of plans.

Who Should Consider Psychoeducational Intervention?

Any young person who has moderate to severe learning challenges can benefit from specialized, individualized approaches that re-train the brain to process information more effectively. Many young people dramatically increase their learning abilities and reach milestones previously thought to be challenging.


Ontario Psychological Association. (June, 2018). Guidelines for diagnosis and assessment of children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities.