Gifted assessments are designed to identify exceptional intellectual capabilities and talents in children and adolescents. These evaluations provide a comprehensive view of a child’s cognitive abilities, such as logical reasoning, problem-solving, memory, and processing skills. The findings help to support your child so that they are more adequately challenged in their educational environment and can help them gain access to extended learning opportunities. We use a variety of standardized tests, including intelligence and academic assessments, to gain an in-depth understanding of a child’s unique strengths and potential.
ADHD is not diagnosed based on a single test or checklist. Instead, a combination of these methods is used to form a comprehensive understanding of your child’s unique behaviours and challenges, ensuring an accurate and complete diagnosis if relevant. The process of an ADHD assessment uses a range of methods to gather a comprehensive understanding of a child’s behaviour, academic performance, and social and emotional wellbeing. With this information, we can develop a treatment plan with behavioural strategies and lifestyle changes that are tailored to the specific needs of your child.
A sensory assessment evaluates how a child processes the constant influx of sensory information they encounter daily. By using interviews, child observation, and standardized questionnaires, the assessment reveals how a child perceives and responds to their environment. This insight is important in understanding their reactions in various settings (school, home, or within the community), and helps us suggest tailored strategies to support the child’s needs.
Social-emotional/behavioural assessments are designed to understand a child’s emotional functioning, social skills, and their ability to manage their behaviours. These evaluations can help determine how a child is functioning in areas such as anxiety, depression, social functioning, behavioural regulation, and adaptive skills (e.g., adaptability and communication). With the use of detailed interviews, observations, and standardized questionnaires, we provide a comprehensive picture of a child’s emotional health, so that we can suggest tailored intervention strategies to help you and your child move forward.
Psychoeducational assessments help parents gain insight into their child’s academic performance as well as their general problem-solving, thinking, and processing skills. These assessments are used to uncover underlying learning differences (e.g., academic learning disorders that may be making school difficult for them). With this explanation, we can provide recommendations and strategies that fit a child’s strengths and needs, which can ultimately make learning easier and more enjoyable for them.
Adult assessments encompass a broad range of evaluations designed to identify cognitive, emotional, and behavioural difficulties or disorders in adults. These assessments can help understand various concerns, from ADHD, depression, anxiety, to cognitive impairments and specific learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia). Through interviews, standardized testing, and behavioural observations, we can develop an understanding of an individual’s challenges and strengths, guiding effective treatment, lifestyle choices, and potential workplace accommodations to boost overall quality of life.
Are you looking for support and don’t know what exists in the community? Are you struggling to understand a previous assessment report that has been completed on your child, or where to start with the list of recommendations that have been provided? Are you looking for transition support for your adolescent (e.g., to support their transition to college and university, or adulthood)? During educational consultations, we can meet with parents, teachers, physicians, and other caregivers to provide ideas and tools to help your child learn and grow in a way that helps them thrive. These conversations can include reviewing the results of the assessment reports, suggesting changes at school, giving ideas on how to make learning more effective, and ways to handle behavioural concerns. Our aim is to help advocate and create supportive environments that work for each child.
We believe therapy is part of living a healthy life; you don’t have to be in crisis or facing an emergency to seek support. Our practice is built on long-term connections and we walk with you as you navigate the different phases and challenges in your life.
While working with children and adolescents is what we’re best known for, we extend our specialized assessment and therapeutic support services to parents, adults, and couples who are on their own path to healing and living a life they love.
The assessment takes 1-3 hours, over 1 or 2 sessions, depending on your child’s attention and comfort level. We use tools such as behavioural observation, standardized tests, and questionnaires to determine how your child is doing relative to same age peers.
Assessment reports summarize and interpret all information collected and may include a formal diagnosis as per the DSM-5 and DC:0-5 (diagnostic criteria for ages 0-5).
You might consider an assessment for your child if they’re having a hard time at school or at home and you’re not sure why. Maybe your child is struggling with reading, math, or another subject at school, or maybe they’re finding it hard to focus or behave well. Or perhaps they’re finding it tough to get along with other kids, or they’re often feeling sad or worried. An assessment can help figure out what’s going on and how to help. Also, if your child seems to be learning a lot quicker than other kids their age, an assessment could help identify if they’re gifted. You don’t have to figure this out all by yourself. If you’re not sure, it’s a good idea to talk with a professional, like a teacher or a psychologist, about whether an assessment might be useful for your child.
An assessment can bring a sense of clarity by helping you understand yourself or your child better. The information provided can also help you get the support needed across home, school, and community settings. While outcomes may vary based on your unique situation, you may gain:
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