Assessments

LEARNING

There are a variety of psychoeducational assessments and cognitive profile assessments to address learning issues in the following areas:

  • Why a student has difficulty gaining new academic skills or improving existing ones
  • What could cause a student to perform below their potential
  • Determining if the cause of poor performance could be one or more learning disabilities
  • Figuring out if there is a biological or medical reason for their attention problems
  • Developing remedial educational strategies for parents and teachers

Psychoeducational assessments can be conducted for children at age 7 and up. It is recommended when a student does not perform up to their potential. It can benefit anyone who has trouble staying current with academic work, gets easily distracted, finds their attention drifting in class, and more.

A cognitive profile assessment measures the student’s abilities and how they contribute to academic skills. They can predict their performance in certain academic areas.

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL ADJUSTMENT

Our socio-emotional assessments can address the source of distress in the following areas:

  • Fears, anxiety, depression, and other emotional issues
  • Stress and anger management
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Motor vehicle accidents and effects of acute stress
  • Coping with the effects of divorce and separation
  • Immigration and adaptation issues
  • Poor social skills
  • Low self-esteem issues

Socio-emotional assessments will help evaluate the child in areas like mood fluctuation, inability to regulate emotions, poor self-esteem, anger and aggression problems, and more. Sometimes these can be caused by past trauma (physical or sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence, and so on), or there can be underlying medical causes. Psychoeducational assessments are also usually conducted at the same time as the socio-emotional assessment, so we can rule out learning or cognitive causes for the behavioral issues. It is important to understand how cognitive issues can affect a child’s behavior and emotions. 

GIFTED CHILDREN

There are several gifted assessments that are geared toward determining if a child is suitable for gifted programs and, if so, which academic areas.

  • Evaluation of a child’s intellectual development
  • IQ testing for children 5 years of age and older
  • Gifted testing for placement in programs with an advanced curriculum

Gifted assessments can be administered if you feel your child is intellectually advanced. Depending on the results, the school board can decide to place your child in an augmented program. However, please be aware the definition of “gifted” varies between school boards. A child’s ability to succeed in such a program cannot be predicted by the assessment alone. The only way to know for sure is to analyze the student’s academic performance once they are placed in a gifted program. They might do well on the psychoeducational assessment but then still not be suitable for an augmented curriculum.

DEVELOPMENT ISSUES

To see if your child might have any issues in this category, we conduct assessment of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. These can also reveal if there are any similar disorders.

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Intellectual development
  • Adjustment to changes and transitions in early childhood

For children that are 6 years old or younger, it is recommended that you contact your local Child Development Clinic, which can sometimes be offered by local hospitals. Children of this age group require a multi-disciplinary Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessment. It will involve a pediatric consultation, speech and language evaluation, and a psychological assessment. The depth of this assessment means it would be better for you to contact a Child Development Clinic.

We conduct evaluations of ASD only. However, we can also suggest possible alternatives for cognitive, language, and social difficulties. Our ASD assessments are done in conjunction with psychoeducational assessments.

ADOLESCENCE

We provide assessments to determine the cause behind any changes that you might notice in your child once they have entered adolescence. We look at the following areas of development:

  • Psychological changes in adolescence
  • Changes in communication between the child and parents
  • Non-compliance at home and at school
  • Relationships with peers

Adolescence is a difficult time not only because of the biological changes it brings, but also because children find themselves dropped into a completely new social setting. This is when they start to find themselves interested in members of the opposite sex, which on its own can add a whole new level of stress.

However, not all these problems will arise from social situations; some may be due to biological reasons, such as the appearance of mental health issues. We will conduct a series of assessments to determine what could be at the root of the child’s behavior.

FAMILY THERAPY

We provide therapy to address several issues such as emotional, behavioral, parenting, and communication skills. This service can address the following:

  • Parenting challenges (establishing rules, setting boundaries, etc.)
  • Parent and child communication difficulties
  • Blended families
  • Adjustment to separation and divorce
  • Loss and grief
  • Family and other life transitions
  • Adoption issues

Family therapy sessions focus on the strengths of the family to address their issues. It is recommended for emotional problems, communication issues, and parenting challenges. Misbehavior, poor academic performance, a child’s anxiety or depression, the difficulty of supporting special needs children, low self-esteem, defiant behaviors, and disagreements over parenting styles are just a few types of problems therapy can address.

Family therapy sessions are “interactional based,” which means both parents and children will participate. During the first session, a therapist assesses the family’s problems and strengths so they can define the scope, length, and goals for the treatment.

OTHER SERVICES

We also offer a few other special programs and services.

  • Communication difficulties
  • Personality clashes
  • Conflict and separation
  • Trust and commitment issues
  • Parenting disagreements and daily challenges
  • Irritability, depression, and moodiness
  • Cross-generational patterns of behavior
  • Intimacy issues

 

Cognitive Profile Assessments

  • Identify areas of cognitive strength and weakness
  • Evaluate overall intellectual ability
  • Guide educational placement and personalized curriculum
  • Identify a child’s unique gifts and talents
  • Help structure tutoring programs to address specific areas of need or to develop existing aptitudes

 

COGMED – attention and working memory training

  • A scientifically-proven program based on the latest findings in memory research
  • Available for both children and adults
  • Suited for both clinical use and the general population
  • Adjusted to your ability level
  • Can be administered at home for your convenience
  • 80% of users show improvement
  • The results last after training ends
  • Improved working memory leads to better academic performance, behavior, and social interactions
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