Watching children struggle to meet their potential is heart-breaking and frustrating for parents and educators. Alberta Counselling Centre's psychologists have worked with many children who struggle with learning difficulties and related issues. With a solid assessment, we can figure out your child's learning style, address strengths and weaknesses, develop useful strategies, and help your child function optimally and achieve success.
The goal of a psychoeducational assessment is to answer questions concerning cognitive, intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioural functioning. This is generally accomplished through standardized testing (e.g., intelligence, academics, symptom severity and frequency), collateral interviews, questionnaires, observations, and review of previous records or reports. Every assessment includes screening for a wide variety of related conditions, including learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, social skills issues, sleep problems, mood disorders, sensory issues, auditory processing, information processing, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and other concerns.
Each assessment generally involves one session for an intake interview, two individual assessment sessions, and a feedback meeting. The results of the assessment include a detailed description of current levels of functioning in the areas assessed, a diagnosis if appropriate, as well as detailed recommendations. Feedback is provided both in a face-to-face meeting and in the form of a comprehensive, written report..
A formal assessment of a minor never takes place without appropriate, informed consent. This means that decisions about psychological services etc. must be made by the child’s legal guardian(s), who have had an opportunity to be fully informed of the assessment process, in language that they understand, and have been provided with an opportunity to ask questions.
In the unfortunate event of a parental separation or divorce, in the case of joint custody, signed, informed consent MUST be obtained from BOTH parents. Both parents are invited and encouraged (as they are able) to participate in the process of assessment and treatment planning. If one parent retains sole legal custody, this parent MUST provide legal documentation of this in order for assessment to proceed.