Assessments take up to 4-6 weeks to complete
Learning Disability Assessments typically require 10-14 hours
ADHD, Gifted, and Intellectual Disability Assessments typically require 7-9 hours
Mental Health Assessments typically require between 4-6 hours
Direct billing available with select insurance providers
Psychoeducational Assessment - Learning or Processing Disabilities, Gifted Abilities
When a person is having trouble making progress in school, is struggling with academic skills (e.g., reading, writing, math), attention problems, or anxiety, or is demonstrating exceptional skills and may need more of a challenge, an assessment helps gain more information as to what supports are needed. The process is very thorough, comprehensive, and explores all possible psychological factors that may be impacting learning (e.g., learning disabilities, intellectual differences, social-emotional challenges, problems with attention, and so on). This type of assessment requires a specialized psychologist.
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ADHD rarely occurs on its own. Often other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and learning disabilities are also present. It is important to get a complete picture when being assessed. However, if attention problems are the primary concern and it is very clear that academic skills are not impacted, there may not be a need for a full psychoeducational assessment. In this case, a thorough ADHD assessment would be recommended, which rules out cognitive, medical, or mental health reasons for attention concerns. Reading, writing, and math skills would not be assessed in this type of assessment, which reduces the time and cost of the process, while still offering the most informative and clear diagnostic picture.
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Early Childhood Assessment
Early childhood is defined at Little Oaks as children ages 3-5. While a young child’s brain is still growing and developing rapidly and stable test results or concrete diagnoses are more difficult to obtain, it is not too early to start understanding your child’s developmental strengths and weaknesses. An Early Childhood assessment be incredibly powerful and meaningful in helping parents understand their child’s abilities. It can also be extremely beneficial for early education planning, early intervention, and support. In most cases Early Childhood assessments do not provide a diagnosis or “label”, but will always include direction and recommendations for what next steps and supports would be most beneficial. Early Childhood assessments provide a comprehensive report outlining your child’s strengths and areas of need, along with many suggestions about support planning, programming, and nurturing your child’s strengths.
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Mental Health Assessment
When children, youth, or adults are struggling with mood, worries, social relationships, work or school stress, or a variety of other presenting concerns, a mental health assessment may be recommended as a good place to start. This process typically consists of a couple of hours of interviewing and questionnaires to form a clear diagnostic picture or direction for treatment. This type of assessment will be written into a short report that provides clear guidelines and next steps for support. This process may or may not result in a diagnosis, as with any assessment, but will certainly provide insights and direction to the client and psychologist to make treatment and supports the most direct and applicable as possible. This type of assessment can be completed by any of our psychologists; you will most likely work with a counselling psychologist who can continue with treatment after the assessment, if appropriate.
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What to expect from the assessment process:
First Appointment - you will meet with your psychologist and the psychologist will listen to your reason for coming in. You will be asked a series of questions to gain insight into the main problem. By the end of the appointment you will make a plan together about how to proceed.
Teacher/Caregiver Interview - depending on the age of the individual, your psychologist may request a brief phone interview with a teacher or other caregiver. Having various perspectives helps shed light on the challenges across settings.
File Review - a very important part of any assessment is a strong understanding of the individuals history, including educational and assessment history, and other background information. This includes reviewing report cards, previous reports, and assessments.
Testing Activities - the client will come to our office for several appointments over a few weeks. The testing activities are often fun and engaging. Most enjoy the activities and it is a highly positive experience. Mental health assessments focus more on clinical interviews with the individual and family, if applicable.
Interpretation and Report Writing - your psychologist spends time interpreting the results and information collected and writes it into a comprehensive report. This complex process aims to provide the answers you are seeking.
Results Meeting - at this appointment you get to learn all about the results. Upon leaving this appointment you and your psychologist will set goals and next steps for supports at home, school, or elsewhere, based on the unique profile and diagnostic picture.
Next Steps - recommendations will be made so that you and your family have a plan and some clear guides on what supports would be best. Parenting sessions and follow up counselling may be suggested and can be scheduled within Little Oaks Psychology if desired.
Benefits of assessment:
Understanding of personal strengths
Identification of needs
Clarity as to why and what the struggle is
Learn how a child or adult learns best
Identify next steps for support
Access resources in schools and the community
Clear diagnosis, if applicable
A plan for the future