Psychological assessments are available to children over the age of 6 years, adolescents, and adults when there is a need to clarify your child or teenager's academic potential, or understand why you are experiencing various emotions or behaving in ways that are not typical for you. Psychological difficulties include depression, anxiety, trauma, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. A diagnosis of a mental health disorder is made if certain criteria are met. Psychological evaluations also aid in planning treatment and determining appropriate services.
Self-referrals are accepted, or may come from family physicians, psychiatrists or other mental health clinicians. Assessments do not include court-ordered assessments or forensic evaluations.
Psychoeducational Assessments for Children & Adolescents
Has your child been struggling at school with some aspect of the curriculum? Has your child's teacher expressed concern about his attention or learning?
Dr. Maing offers comprehensive assessments of learning or psychoeducational assessments, which evaluate your child's learning style, and his/her academic achievement and potential. Factors that may contribute to your child's school difficulties, such as behaviour and emotions, are also explored. Psychoeducational assessments may identify learning disabilities, intellectual issues, giftedness, and attentional and/or hyperactivity issues.
The initial session for the psychoeducational assessments involves the child and parents. At this meeting, the reason for the referral and relevant information, including the child's developmental and school history and current functioning, are reviewed. Testing takes place subsequently, and may last typically between 5 - 6 hours, depending on the nature of the assessment. Once the test results are scored and interpreted, the final session is booked to provide the results and recommendations. Recommendations and a report are provided to parents, and, with the appropriate consent, a consultation with school staff may be arranged if requested.