Parents and teachers sometimes have concerns about a child's intellectual and/or academic functioning. A first step to helping children with such concerns is a comprehensive assessment. The assessment involves 4 to 5 visits to the centre for a history and developmental interview with parents, individual assessment sessions with the child and a feedback interview where parents are provided with a review of the results and direction regarding next steps. There are typically 2 to 3 individual assessment sessions with the child that span 2 to 3 hours in length.
During that time, various standardized and informal measures are used to assess a child's intellectual ability, processing areas, and academic functioning. While the focus of the assessment is to understand the child's learning style and learning strengths and needs, some assessment of the child's social-emotional function may also be involved.
Over the course of the assessment, the child's previous report cards are reviewed in detail and an interview occurs with the child's teacher(s). Where appropriate, a school observation may be arranged. Feedback is provided in both face-to-face interview and in written format.
We offer comprehensive psychological and diagnostic assessments and treatments for:
After we have a better understanding of the youth, we work with them and their parent(s) to improve overall functioning. We employ empirically supported treatment methods but rely heavily on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, individualized treatment, and a family approach to help bring about positive changes in the lives of children, adolescents, and families. The focus, length, and frequency of intervention varies depending on the child's individual needs and current functioning.
Treatment and Intervention
Children and adolescents first visit us at the Clinical Psychology Centre, along with their parent(s), because there are concerns about the child's functioning. The youth may be having problems academically, behaviourally, socially, or emotionally. A first step to helping youth improve their functioning is often a comprehensive psychological assessment.
The assessment is geared towards understanding the child's strengths and needs, their past and current functioning in various areas, and in understanding the factors that may be limiting the individual's current functioning. During the assessment, information from multiple sources is combined to better understand the child.
Psychological Assessment and Treatment
The following comprehensive learning assessments are offered at the Clinical Psychology Centre:
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