Child & Adolescent

Child and Adolescent Assessments

Why does someone get a psychoeducational assessment for their child?

Parents may choose to get an assessment completed for their child for a variety of reasons. Sometimes educators may suggest to a parent that it might be helpful to have an assessment done on their child. Sometimes parents may want to have an assessment because they notice that their child might be feeling frustrated at school, or that the school does not seem to understand their child. Getting a psychoeducational assessment completed with your child provides you with a detailed profile of your child’s learning style as well as recommendations on how to best support his/her learning.

This type of assessment is helpful for every student, but some common reasons that parents seek a psychoeducational assessment are:

  • Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia)
  • Giftedness
  • Developmental concerns
  • Behavioural concerns
  • Social Difficulties
  • Hyperactivity – Inattention – Impulsivity (ADHD)
  • Anxiety

 

1.    Full Psychoeducational Assessment:

What is this?

A full psychoeducational assessment looks at:

  • Developmental history
  • Previous assessments
  • Cognitive profile (IQ)
  • Academic Achievement
  • Social Emotional Functioning
  • Visual Motor Integration
  • May include phonological processing and executive functioning testing based on the individual’s profile

How long does it take?

  • Two 3-hour sessions are scheduled at the time of booking.
  • These sessions are typically booked from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
  • However, few people finish in the six hours.
  • Additional sessions are scheduled until testing is complete.

What do I get?

  • A detailed report of the student’s learning profile.
  • Complete diagnostic profile as relevant for both DSM diagnostic criteria and Ministry of Education criteria.
  • Comprehensive recommendations to support your child’s learning.
  • A debriefing session which reviews the results of your child’s assessment.

 

2.    Academic Achievement Update Assessment:

What is this?

When a secondary student has had a full psychoeducational assessment after Grade 7, the Ministry of Education of BC will accept an updated Achievement Assessment to maintain a student’s accommodations.

An Academic Achievement assessment looks at:

  • Developmental history
  • Previous assessments
  • Current Academic Achievement

How long does it take?

  • One 3-hour session is scheduled at the time of booking.
  • This session is typically booked from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm.
  • Additional sessions are scheduled until testing is complete.

What do I get?

  • A detailed report of your child’s current academic achievement.
  • Comprehensive recommendations to support your child’s learning.

*Please note: Psychologists are not able to use out dated assessments or use another person’s data to diagnose. This assessment will not include a diagnosis.

 

3.    Additional Assessment:

Specialized areas:

Sometimes during an assessment it becomes evident that further exploration into special areas of development is needed for better understanding of the student’s learning profile. Should additional assessment be recommended, the Assessment Clinician will work in collaboration with the parents in developing the assessment plan.

These areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
  • Memory Testing
  • Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adaptive Behaviour
  • School Observation