Psychological assessment plays a crucial role in the field of therapy. It involves the systematic evaluation and measurement of an individual’s psychological and emotional functioning. By using various assessment tools and techniques, therapists can gather important information about a client’s cognitive abilities, personality traits, emotional well-being, and behavioural patterns. This comprehensive assessment helps therapists better understand their clients’ strengths, challenges, and specific needs. It provides a solid foundation for developing effective treatment plans and interventions tailored to each individual.
A comprehensive psychological assessment aims to understand what is happening in a specific situation, providing a better understanding rather than a diagnosis. It results in a plan to address needs or questions about everyday functioning for individuals, parents, and others involved.
Assessments for learning disabilities focus on addressing reading, writing, and math problems. ADHD assessments aim to help manage distractions, impulses, and emotional regulation in the brain.
Assessments are customized based on specific questions. They involve one-on-one testing of mental processes related to learning and academic skills like reading, writing, and math. Communication with the school is typically required. Assessments for ADHD in children often include an assessment for learning problems. Adult assessments for ADHD usually do not require a learning assessment.
Assessments involving children include an intake interview with parents and completion of multiple checklists by parents, teachers, and sometimes other family members and the child. The process can take four to six weeks.
A learning assessment should be considered when a child has difficulty keeping up with classmates. This becomes apparent by Grade 2 or Grades 4-5 for French immersion programs. ADHD assessments should be considered when attention and/or hyperactivity challenges start affecting the child’s performance. If interventions at home or school do not show improvement by age 7, an assessment is recommended.
At STG, we strongly believe that no one should be pressured to decide whether or not they want to work with a therapist before meeting them. A therapist will see you at no charge in an online secure session to ensure a good fit for each other. Every therapist works in their unique way, so we want you (or you and your child) to be sure to feel comfortable with how we work. The initial meeting is not a therapy session; it’s designed to be low-key and low-pressure.