A psycho-educational assessment can help to gain a better understanding of how people learn and use information and to identify strengths and challenges within their cognitive profile. A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment usually includes assessment of intellectual, developmental, academic, social-emotional, and adaptive functioning. Review of relevant history through collateral information, parent, teacher, and informant rating scales is also an important aspect of assessments. Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Superior or Gifted Intellect, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the diagnoses that can be made through comprehensive psycho-educational assessments. At times, individuals may not meet criteria for a specific disability or category of exceptionality, but may exhibit signs and symptoms. Whether or not an individual meets criteria for a particular special need or exceptionality, appropriate recommendations are generated based upon the results of each unique profile. A comprehensive report is provided, including recommendations that are helpful in supporting the individual within their home, school, and/or occupational settings.
A trauma-informed assessment is an appropriate choice if there is suspected or substantiated trauma in an individual’s life. Early emotional upsets that occur due to neglect or abuse, for example, affect individuals in many ways. Children who suffer early attachment injuries demonstrate impairments in competent development across many domains. At times, these impairments are due to adaptive responses to maladaptive situations, as opposed to neurological disorders or disabilities. Trauma-informed assessments are important to ensure individuals receive appropriate recommendations and diagnoses. Trauma-informed recommendations often differ from recommendations made for individuals without this history, particularly with respect to emotional and behavioral supports. A comprehensive report is provided, including trauma-informed recommendations to help support the individual within their home, school, and/or occupational settings.
Adult ADHD Assessments
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) presents differently in different people. There are three main presentations of ADHD; predominately inattentive presentation, predominately hyperactive/impulsive presentation, and combined presentation. ADHD can change in its presentation within individuals and over the life span. That is, it often presents differently in an adult as opposed to a child. Therefore, assessment of ADHD in adulthood is assessed differently than it is in children. Adult ADHD assessments are completed using Russell Barkley’s method of assessment of ADHD in adulthood. It includes self and informant ratings of executive functioning skills, clinical evaluation of occupational and academic achievements and challenges, and review of current and client history of symptoms. A comprehensive report is provided, including recommendations for academic or occupational accommodations, when required.
Assessment for a Psychological Condition
If you are a military veteran or a former member of the RCMP suffering from psychological distress, a formal psychological assessment can help you. Due to military or RCMP service veterans often suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depressive Disorder, or other psychological conditions that impede quality of life. Having a thorough assessment will help determine treatment needs and eligibility for compensation and support from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
VAC approves and pays for psychological assessments and uses this information to determine what benefits a veteran will receive. An assessment involves answering questionnaires and a structured interview process, which takes 5-8 hours.