Psychological Services related to the diagnostic testing of a variety of issues such as learning disabilities, behavioural disorders, personality disorders and more.
A psychoeducational assessment is a thorough process that typically involves:
- A background interview with parents to obtain information related to the child’s early development, school history, social and emotional functioning, behaviour, as well as family and medical history. Depending on the age of the child, he or she may also participate in this interview.
- A review of early school records, including academic work samples and any previous assessment reports. We also ask parents and teachers to complete behaviour ratings scales to obtain a formal measure of the child’s behaviour, social, and emotional functioning in both the home and school settings.
- Approximately 5 hours of direct testing with the child. This can be completed on one day or across multiple appointments depending on the needs of the particular child. A range of standardized tests that examine intellectual functioning, language, memory, visual and motor skills, attention and academic achievement (e.g., reading, writing, and math) are administered.
- A feedback session with the family to review the results of the assessment. A specific learning disability, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other issues may be identified.
- A range of practical recommendations are provided based on the child’s unique profile of strengths and challenges and learning style. These recommendations may pertain to academic programming (e.g., reading remediation), behavioural programming (e.g., strategies to improve attention/focus), and/or social-emotional functioning (e.g., anxiety management strategies, strategies to foster self-esteem in the school setting).
- A comprehensive written report summarizing all of the assessment information and recommendations is prepared and provided to the family.
If requested, a school meeting is arranged to review the results of the assessment and discuss recommendations with the child’s school team.
The fee for a Psychoeducational assessment is $2150. For more information, please contact us to speak with one of our school psychologists.
A social-emotional assessment addresses issues relation to area of social, emotional, or behavioural functioning. This type of assessment may be used to evaluate children or youth who are displaying:
- Significant anxiety and worry or sadness and depression
- Mood fluctuations, emotional reactivity, poor self-esteem or significant irritability
- Anger problems, aggressive behaviour, temper outbursts
- Difficulties getting along with peers
- Symptoms of emotional or behavioural disorders
Social emotional assessments may address a child’s difficulties in coping with challenging life experiences. Some children and youth whom we encounter have experienced a great deal of trauma in their lives, including being abused, neglected, witnessing domestic violence, or living in homes characterized by legal conflicts and substance abuse.
When emotional or behavioural difficulties are the primary concern, a social-emotional assessment is recommended. This includes an interview with the primary caregiver(s), a formal and informal assessment of the child or youth regarding emotional well-being and social development, and contact with other informants (e.g., social worker, daycare worker or teacher, or extended family members). We often use projective testing techniques such as projective drawings, analysis of a child’s art, creative play, and story making. Through these projective art techniques, a psychologist gets a glimpse of the child’s inner world. Some of the semi-formal projective tests include the Rorschach Ink Blot Test, Roberts Apperception Test, Thematic Apperception Test, and Children Thematic Apperception Test.
We often conduct social-emotional assessments in conjunction with psychoeducational assessments, as it allows us to rule out learning or cognitive causes for behavioural difficulties or social/emotional problems. If there are underlying cognitive challenges, it is important to understand how these may contribute to behavioural or emotional difficulties.
The fee for a Child/Youth Social-Emotional Assessment is $1390.
Adult Psychological Testing services address questions about mental health diagnoses to better understand cognitive and emotional processes. These assessment services are useful in treatment planning and determining appropriate services for adults who may have mental health needs.
The fee for Adult Psychological / Psychodiagnostic Assessment is $1000-$1600.
Purpose is to determine whether or not an ADHD diagnosis is appropriate. The time with the client varies depending on whether or not additional testing is required regarding a learning disability.
The fee for this testing is $1450.
Purpose is to determine whether or not a PTSD diagnosis is appropriate. The time with the client varies.
The fee for this assessment is $1400.
Voice of the child is one way to give children a chance to be heard in family law proceedings. This is a written report prepared by a professional who interviews the child. They are usually ordered by a judge. These reports give information about the child’s views and preferences around parenting issues.
The fee for Voice of the Child is $2000 + travel expenses if required.
Purpose is to assess a client’s cognitive, learning, and occupational interests/aptitudes to assist with return-to-work planning. A typical assessment takes a total of 10-15 hours, but this can vary depending on complexity.
The fee for this assessment is $1500 – $2300.