Cadence Counseling & Psychology offers the services of Registered Psychologist (Associates) who specialize in psychoeducational assessments of children, teens, and adults.  Specifically, the assessments are usually completed to find possible learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), or to identify preferred modalities of learning.  The assessments may also provide important insight on anxiety or depression.  

 

Common reasons for seeking assessment may include: general underachievement (compared to ability), notable and consistent discrepancies in achievement, behavioural difficulties in school (sometimes due to frustration or impulsivity), poor self-esteem, ongoing executive functioning difficulties (i.e., impulsivity, lacking delayed gratification, poor concentration, poor time management, etc.) negatively impacting functioning, and other issues. 

 

 

 

PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

Psychoeducational assessments can help identify why an individual may be struggling in school, work, or exhibiting learning challenges. Assessments can be completed on clients ranging in age - from early childhood to adulthood.  Assessments help to identify strengths and relative weaknesses in order to understand what may be contributing to challenges and how best to intervene. 

 

Has your child come home with a report card which flags concerns? Or do you feel that yourself or your child is not performing at a level you would expect? This may be a possible indicator of a possible learning disability, anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) or potentially a developmental disability. Psychoeducational assessments help to determine if one of these challenges or mental health issues is interfering with learning / success – and inform how strategies of support.

 

Signs of a potential hidden learning challenge:

  • Low grades

  • Poor report cards

  • Difficulty focusing / concentrating

  • Profound discrepancies between verbal and visual-spatial skills

  • Disruptive behavior and other behavioral concerns

  • School-related anxiety or a sense of being overwhelmed

  • Not achieving at the level of full potential

  • Experiencing bullying (or bullying) or rejection in school

 

 

 

 

Psychoeducational assessment also provides the necessary documentation to acquire accommodations from schools and employers. These accommodations and suggested interventions help individuals manage their challenges better and achieve to their full potential. 

 

Common Accommodations (may or may not apply):

  • Extra time for tests and exams (i.e., 150%) 

  • Taking exams or test in a quiet and separate space with private supervision

  • Breaks throughout classes

  • Having assignments broken down into smaller components

  • Access to supportive technology in the classroom (e.g. a laptop with Word to text)

  • Access to audiobooks of the course material and texts

 

What to expect:

You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire before the assessment. For minors, parents must provide and sign informed consent. You and/or your child’s confidentiality will be maintained and protected. It is important that results are discussed afterwards with the psychologist who did the assessment to ensure that results are not misinterpreted and to allow you the opportunity to ask about any questions or concerns you may have regarding the process, results, or suggested accommodations and interventions.  

You will be provided with a copy of the assessment. The copy of the assessment is essentially your property.  You can share the assessment with whomever you choose (including, of course, your medical doctor / psychiatrist, school, post-secondary institution, employer, etc.). 

 

While the assessment process may seem overwhelming or intimidating, the results can change the course of an individual’s academic and/or occupational career to support greater achievement and success. At Cadence, we pride ourselves on the quality of care and assessment that our trained and experienced psychologists provide in a supportive setting. If you have any questions or want more information regarding our assessment services, please feel free to contact Cadence at 306-291-0900.  

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