The objective of a comprehensive psychological evaluation is to gain a clearer understanding, rather than making a diagnosis. A successful assessment leads to a roadmap for individuals, parents, and other parties to assist in addressing concerns or queries related to daily functioning. STG Psychological Assessment include a comprehensive treatment plan targeting your or your child strengths and difficulties.
The assessment is customized to your questions. The evaluation process for learning difficulties includes individual testing of cognitive processes pertaining to learning and academic abilities, such as reading, writing, and mathematics. These evaluations are typically completed over multiple sessions and may entail obtaining samples of the child’s work (e.g. math and writing). Communication with the school (excluding post-secondary students) is typically necessary. Evaluations for ADHD in children frequently include an assessment for learning difficulties as the two are often interconnected. In contrast, evaluations for ADHD in adults (post-secondary) typically do not require a learning assessment.
Evaluations with children always include a consultation with parents. The initial interview aims to understand how the challenges affect the child from the parents’ perspective. Parents and teachers will be requested to fill out various checklists, and in some cases, other family members and the child may also be asked to do so. The duration of the assessment can vary from four to six weeks, depending on the complexity of the child’s needs, the speed of gathering information, and the availability of appointments.
The right time for receiving assessments depends on the concerns you have for your child’s development.
A learning assessment should be considered if your child struggles to keep pace with their peers. These issues are commonly noticeable by the second grade after the school has implemented targeted interventions for the child. For children enrolled in French immersion programs, difficulties with learning English may become more evident in the fourth or fifth grade.
An evaluation for attention and/or hyperactivity issues should be considered when these difficulties become problematic in the classroom, at home, or during community activities such as sports or cultural events. If interventions implemented at home or school are not yielding progress by the age of 7, it would be beneficial to undergo an assessment.
If you are looking for private comprehensive assessment, please book an intake appointment to discuss how an STG professional can assist.
I strongly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. I will see you (and your child) at no charge to make sure we are a good fit for each other. Every therapist works in their own unique way so I want you to be certain you feel comfortable with the way I work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure with no “hard sell” at the end.