Assessment services are offered for a variety of areas of concern and challenge. All assessments include recommendations and strategies that are individualized for you/your child. Assessment costs include billable hours for intake interviews, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized assessment batteries, questionnaires and interviews, file reviews, report writing, and feedback. Assessment costs will be discussed at booking.
Developmental/School Readiness Assessment (birth to school entry)
This form of assessment can help to identify developmental delays, and is ideal for parents considering delayed school entry, or for families parenting children who are at risk for developmental delays (e.g., premature birth, adverse experiences in the early developmental period, late meeting developmental milestones, adoption or foster care, etc.). Pre-schoolers’ cognitive, behavioural, and independence skills are assessed in a variety of ways, from direct observation, standardized assessment, parent interviews and questionnaires.
Psychoeducational Assessments (age 7 years and up)
Children and adolescents can benefit from psychoeducational testing to determine their unique profile of cognitive strengths and needs. This assessment informs educational choices, and helps to identify learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), etc. Specific testing is determined based on a child’s individual needs but generally includes academic file review, interviews and observations, standardized testing, and questionnaires collected from parents, children, and educators.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (all ages)
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a social communication disorder affecting children and adults. This comprehensive assessment will identify an individual’s ability to connect and manage social interactions, focusing on their unique, specific, and subtle communication techniques. For this reason, both a psychologist and a speech-language pathologist are involved in the assessment process. Specific testing is determined based on an individuals needs and generally includes observations, questionnaires, and standardized interviews and assessments.
Neurobehavioural Assessment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
The 2015 Canadian guidelines for FASD assessment and diagnosis outline the importance of compiling adequate neurobehavioural assessment results to inform this medical diagnosis. While this diagnosis must ultimately be made by a medical physician trained in the area of FASD, areas that may require comprehensive assessment include cognitive skill, academic achievement, behavioural functioning, adaptive behavior and executive functioning, memory, social skills, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic communication skills, sensory needs, fine & gross motor skills, etc. Veitch Wellness Centre offers assessment in many of these areas for children and adolescents of all ages. Laura Casey Foss, registered psychologist, is a trained FASD diagnostician and her service includes not only the psychological testing required, but also the coordination of services to compile the most comprehensive assessment necessary for this medical diagnostic process.