A Comprehensive Psycho-Educational Assessment Helps you to Understand your Child’s Learning Strengths and Needs

A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment helps to determine if your child has a learning disability or other issues related to cognition or processing that are impacting learning. A psycho-educational assessment is comprised of a number of components. Typical assessments in this practice include the following:
  • A parent interview to collect relevant developmental and school history
  • A cognitive measure or IQ test (WISC-5/WAIS-IV)
  • A measure of Academic Achievement to help determine reading, writing and math skills (WIAT-3)
  • Memory assessment
  • Additional formal and informal tests might also be used to determine academic skills (e.g., phonological processing, other measures of writing/spelling ability).
  • A measure of visual-motor coordination
  • A review of school information and report cards
  • A telephone interview with your child’s teacher
  • Measures of emotional and behavioral functioning (if necessary)
  • Measures of attention and executive functioning (if necessary)
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A Comprehensive Assessment Takes About Two Days

A psycho-educational assessment is usually completed over the course of two days in approximately 4-6 hours. Breaking the assessment into two-days helps to ensure the assessment experience is not stressful for your child. Individuals who are older can request to have the assessment completed in one day.

 An Assessment Could Lead to a Diagnosis for your Child

An assessment will always help you to better understand your child’s learning strengths and challenges. An assessment does not always lead to a formal diagnosis. If a diagnosis is appropriate it will be provided. Psycho-educational assessments can help to identify learning difficulties/disabilities related to:

  • Reading/Dyslexia
  • Writing/Dysgraphia
  • Math/Dyscalculia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Pre-screening only*)
  • Gifted

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Our Psychologists Provide Comprehensive Assessments for University Students or Students Entering into University

We are able to complete assessments for students with Learning Disabilities that are planning to attend or attending community college or university. A post-secondary assessment usually includes most of the components listed above in the comprehensive assessment. Recommendations are tailored to the individual based on their learning profile and program of study.

You will Receive a Comprehensive Confidential Report

A comprehensive report that details information collected throughout the assessment will be provided directly to you. We will meet with you to explain the report in detail, so you fully understand any diagnosis and how you can best support your child. Reports include evidenced-based programming suggestions tailored to the individual’s cognitive/learning profile. Sometimes parents choose to share assessment information with their child’s school. If that is the case, arrangements can be made to meet with your child’s teacher/school staff on the phone or in person. In some situations, parents wish to only share details pertinent to their child’s learning strengths and needs with a school. Our psychologists can discuss with you what is necessary to include in this briefer report that effectively advocates for your child or teen’s needs at school.

* Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Pre-screening includes behavioural checklists, standardized assessment measures and consultation/collaboration between families, school and outside agencies to ensure the most effective assessment process.

After a thorough in-person intake with one of our psychologists, we are usually able to recognize whether your child, teen or young adult is presenting with symptoms consistent enough with ASD to warrant a comprehensive and ASD-specific assessment. In this case, we would refer you on to another local practitioner with an expertise in ASD diagnosis. 

Some learning and attentional difficulties can present similarly to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). These can be diagnosed in our clinic.