Psycho-educational Assessments

Better understand you or your child's cognitive, academic and socio-emotional profile so that you can build upon your strengths, access supports and remediate your weaknesses.‬

What is a psycho-educational assessment and why would I get one?

A psycho-educational assessment provides detailed information about you or your child’s strengths and weaknesses in a number of areas including thinking abilities, (IQ), academic skills, information processing (e.g. memory), and psychological functioning (e.g. social/emotional).

Frequently, people who are seeking an assessment have wondered if they or their child have a diagnosis of some kind (e.g. Specific Learning Disorder, Attention-Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Anxiety Disorder, Depression etc.). Based on the results of the assessment, we will make specific recommendations about educational and/or vocational programming, learning aids and accommodations, community supports, and/or treatments that can increase your success and development.

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At the pre-school level, an assessment is often sought when there are concerns with a child’s early development. For example, caretakers may be concerned with the fact that the child is not developing language as would be expected, has a limited interest in playing with other children, has frequent temper tantrums or has a lot of difficulty dealing with change and transitions. An assessment at the preschool level may provide valuable information about your child (e.g. diagnosis) that could direct you towards early intervention and supports that will help increase your child’s success.

At the elementary through post-secondary level, an assessment is most often sought for youth or young adults who are experiencing difficulties with learning, retaining information, or achieving at grade-level. There may be significant frustration when trying to learn or do school-work, and it may take much longer to complete academic tasks than others. Assessments are also frequently sought for problems with skills related to learning such as inattention, disorganization, poor academic independence, behaviour problems, social problems and emotion regulation.

At the post-education level, adults typically seek out a psycho-educational assessment if they want to understand a long-standing history of learning problems which continue to impact their every-day lives. They also may be interested in getting information about their strengths and weaknesses if they are thinking about returning to school, or looking into new job opportunities.

What does the psycho-educational assessment include?

An assessment within our practice consists an assessment of:

  • Intellectual abilities (IQ)
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Executive functioning
  • Information processing
  • Academic skills
  • Socio-emotional functioning
  • Adaptive skills

The assessment begins with an intake interview during which time we review consent and privacy, and we collect information related to your concerns. After the intake you or your child will complete the 1 on 1 standardized testing. There are typically 4-6 testing sessions, anywhere from 1-2 hours long. Over the course of the assessment there will be questionnaires that parents, the child and maybe other involved people (e.g. teacher) will be asked to complete. Any collateral information will also be reviewed (e.g. previous assessments, report cards). There may also be further clinical interviewing with you, your child, or your child’s teachers.

What happens after the assessment is completed?      

Once the assessment has been completed a feedback session will be scheduled with you and/or your child. At the meeting, we will review the results from the assessment and the major recommendations and provide you with a report. The report will contain all of the results of the assessment and specific recommendations on how to support you or your child’s needs and how to build on strengths. If requested we are happy to provide consultation services to schools and other community services.

How do I begin the process of assessment?

You do not require a referral from your family doctor to obtain an assessment, although a doctor may recommend one. School personnel may also recommend that you look into the possibility of an assessment (e.g. Teacher, Child and Youth Worker, Guidance Counsellor). 

Please contact Dr. Carolina with any questions or to set up an appointment.

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