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AT RCJ PSYCHO-EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, tailors the assessment process and the composition of the testing battery to reflect referral concerns and assessment goals. Therefore, there are a range of types of psychological assessments provided.

 

Some examples are:

  • Psycho-Educational Assessment – assesses cognitive and academic functioning
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment – assesses cognitive, academic functioning with additional diagnostic testing (processing, memory, visual-motor, adaptive)
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioural Assessment – Assesses social/emotional/behavioural functioning - cognitive, academic functioning have already been assessed or are not a concern
  • Comprehensive Psycho-Educational Assessment – assess cognitive, academic, adaptive, social, emotional and/or behavioural functioning

A battery may be specialized to look at specific concerns including:

  • Programming priorities and plans
  • Intellectual and/or learning challenges
  • Giftedness
  • Social/emotional/behavioural difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Disorders (ex. ASD)

 

All assessments begin with a one hour appointment to determine the purpose and projected outcomes of the assessment process. At this appointment, parents are asked to bring with them previous testing reports, individual program plans, report cards and any other relevant documentation to review with Dr. Johnson. As well, Dr. Johnson utilizes this time with parents to discuss their concerns and begin to understand their child’s strengths and areas of need. Once Dr. Johnson and the parents have established referral concerns and assessment goals, Dr. Johnson outlines the details of the assessment process and will make recommendations on how to proceed.

 

After the assessment process has been determined then assessment tools and procedures will be used to gather relevant information about the child.

 

These assessment tools and procedures may include:

  • Interviews with members of the family as well as with outside professionals, agencies and/or schools; questionnaires and/or observations
  • Gathering a developmental, health, emotional/behavioural, social, and academic history
  • One-to-one testing of intellectual, academic, social/emotional/behavioural functioning, learning styles, attention, visual-motor, language, self-esteem, and adaptive behaviour functioning

 

Once all the assessment data has been collected, then Dr. Johnson scores, analyses and interprets all assessment tools and documentation.

 

Next Dr. Johnson sets up a meeting with parents to debrief assessment findings. During this meeting, results from assessment tools are explained and Dr. Johnson’s recommendations are discussed with parents. Then as a team, parents and Dr. Johnson consider findings and develop intervention plans. Children are often invited into a part of the debriefing process so they can develop an understanding of assessment results and resulting intervention strategies. If parents request, arrangements can be made to debrief with school staff as well.

 

Following the debriefing, Dr. Johnson composes a written report for parents that summaries assessment findings, reports diagnostic information and outlines recommendations and interventions discussed at the debriefing. Dr. Johnson endeavours to provide recommendations that are practical and implementable at home and/or school.

 

The entire psychological assessment process varies, generally taking between 10 to 20 hours, depending on individual assessment needs.