Assessments

Assessments

A psycho-educational assessment is generally requested to clarify a child’s/adolescent’s learning style, learning aptitudes, attentional capacities, or possible learning disabilities.  Some of the common questions or concerns for which we provide assessments include:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Emotional difficulties
  • Social difficulties
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

In most cases, the first step in an assessment is an interview with the parent(s) and with the child/adolescent to identify concerns and to collect important background information (including developmental, medical, and school history).  The child/adolescent is then usually seen for two 2-hour assessment sessions, or for two to four 1-hour assessment sessions depending on the child’s age and the reason for referral.  During these sessions, the specific measures used are different for each child/adolescent depending on their age and the reason for the assessment.   Some of the aspects of functioning that may be evaluated include:

  • Cognitive functioning across a range of specific verbal and non-verbal aptitudes to allow for identification and comparison of relative strengths and weaknesses
  • Receptive vocabulary
  • Expressive vocabulary
  • Short-term memory capacity for auditory and visual information
  • Visual-motor integration, visual perception, and fine motor coordination skill
  • Phonological awareness
  • Academic achievement in reading, written language, and mathematics
  • Behavioural, social and emotional functioning based on observation, clinical data, and questionnaire responses from the child/adolescent, parent(s) and, the teachers (if the family provides consent for the teachers to complete the questionnaires)
  • Further assessment of specific strengths or weaknesses that are identified by the parent(s) or become evident during the assessment

Following completion of the assessment sessions, all data are scored, analyzed and integrated.  This information is then shared with the parent(s) and, where appropriate, with the child/adolescent.  A detailed written report is provided, which summarizes all results and provides comprehensive and recommendations to best meet the child’s/adolescent’s needs in the home, at school, and/or in the community.

In most cases, a psycho-educational assessment involves a total of 9 to 11 hours (or sometimes 10 to 13 hours for French Immersion students) of billed time, as follows:

  • Intake interview (1 ½ – 2 hours)
  • 2 to 4 assessment sessions (approximately 4-6 hours in total)
  • Feedback session (1½ hours)
  • Interpretation and report writing (4 hours)

The entire process (from intake to final report) typically takes 4-6 weeks.

Therapy sessions to address specific concerns may be arranged on an hourly basis following an intake interview, or as follow-up to a psycho-educational assessment.