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Comprehensive assessments for children & adolescents

The purpose of our assessments is to help provide an objective understanding of your child’s needs and strengths and weaknesses, as well as what type of intervention or approach is necessary.

We administer multiple tests during an assessment which are designed to understand why your child is falling behind and what can be done to get them on the right track.

Psychological & Psychoeducational Assessments

A psychoeducational assessment examines how children and adolescents learn. It primarily involves intellectual (IQ) and academic testing. In addition, a variety of emotional and behavioral rating scales are often utilized to gather information regarding the child’s behavior and mental health. 

The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to identify a child’s pattern of learning strengths and weaknesses and provide recommendations for educational programming. This type of assessment also helps to identify emotional and behavioral difficulties that may be interfering with the child’s progress at school.

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Counselling & Therapy

Children and adolescents frequently experience the same issues as adults do, including anxiety, depression, and grief. The goal of counselling is to break down problems they are facing into manageable parts so they can better understand and cope with them.

We help empower children and adolescents by giving them the tools and skills they need to understand the issues they are experiencing or the trauma they have experienced – in a way they can process and understand. If left untreated, a child’s social and emotional problems and psychological distress can negatively impact their educational goals and developmental achievements.

Learning Disabilities & Disorders

Psychoeducational evaluations determine if a child has a Learning Disability/Disorder. Specific Learning Disabilities/Disorders involve challenges academically in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Specific terms for Learning Disabilities/Disorders include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine the nature of your child’s learning challenges and answer specific questions related to the presence or absence of a Learning Disability/Disorder.

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Many children struggle with focus, attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. This often interferes with efficiency of learning and task completion, social skills development, parent/child relationships, as well as general independence. A psychoeducational evaluation provides a comprehensive way to evaluate for ADHD and provide recommendations for intervention and support.

Intellectual Giftedness

We routinely complete assessments with children who are very strong learners. An assessment for Intellectual Giftedness examines a child’s learning profile in the areas of intelligence and academics. A comprehensive evaluation provides guidance for parents and teachers. Our reports are very transparent, and we provide all necessary scores that support applications for specialized programming.

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Early Learning, Social Skills Development, and Adaptive Functioning

We routinely complete evaluations with children that are below the age of six years. Often, there is evidence of emotional, behavioral, social, adaptive functioning, and learning challenges prior to entering elementary school, or once they enroll in preschool/kindergarten. An assessment for young children provides information about skill development and can support referrals for intervention when there are documented challenges.

Mental Health, Including Anxiety and Depression

Many children, adolescents, and adults experience challenges with affect regulation, including depression and anxiety. There are often underlying reasons that contribute to mental health difficulties, including learning inefficiencies. A comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation can provide answers about overall functioning, including learning or academic performance, to give insight into potential contributing factors that threaten mental health.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that requires a multidisciplinary evaluation for accurate diagnosis. Our office routinely completes psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, our preliminary assessments support further referral for a comprehensive multidisciplinary neurodevelopmental evaluation through Alberta Health Services.

A child or adolescent needs to have a very comprehensive evaluation to determine if Autism Spectrum Disorder explains their ongoing challenges. It is also important to rule out any other medical conditions that may be contributing to the child’s difficulties. At our office, we also see many children and adolescents that have had a prior diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and provide comprehensive updated psychoeducational testing to support educational programming and transitioning to adulthood.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a complex neurodevelopmental profile that requires a comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation. Our office has several psychologists fully trained to administer neuropsychological tests to support further referral for an assessment. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a medical diagnosis, and it is essential to have a multidisciplinary diagnostic team to review and determine if the criteria are met for diagnosis.

There are numerous Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic clinics throughout the province of Alberta. The psychologists at our office are involved in many of these clinics. We also provide neuropsychological assessments privately for families that are seeking information and support for a referral for further evaluation through the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton.

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Transitioning to Adulthood

Children and adolescents with a history of developmental challenges, including Intellectual Disabilities, benefit from updated testing at approximately age sixteen or seventeen to support their transition to adulthood. It is important to have updated psychoeducational testing to support applications for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH), Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD), Guardianship and Trusteeship.

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To address your child’s challenges, our tailored psychological assessments provide the information needed to get your child on the right path.

Parents and caregivers do not need a referral from a physician to make an appointment. Please contact us now to get started.

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