I am currently offering limited in-person appointments for assessment services in my Calgary office. The initial parent intake meeting, as well as the results meeting, will be conducted either by telephone or video, and the assessment with your child will be conducted in-person. Seating in the office has been rearranged to ensure that we are able to maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters at all times, and I am following all cleaning and sanitization guidelines from Alberta Health Services and the College of Alberta Psychologists. As of July 9th, masks are required in all public areas of the building, such as reception and the hallways.
What types of psycho-educational assessments do you offer?
Every child, and every situation, is unique, and as such, I offer a number of options for psychological assessments.
If you are unsure as to which assessment is right for your child, please contact me for a free phone consultation to discuss.
Full Psycho-educational Assessment
A full psycho-educational assessment may be appropriate if you suspect that your child has a learning disability (reading, writing or math), intellectual disability, or other social, emotional or behavioural needs, including ADHD, anxiety, developmental coordination disorder, or you simply would like to gain insight into your child’s cognitive and learning profile.
A gifted assessment may be appropriate if you are applying to a specific program, such as Westmount Charter School or the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) offered by the Calgary Board of Education, as they require recent intelligence testing as part of the admissions process.
If you suspect that your child is a dual or twice exceptional learner (identifiable as gifted and also has other learning needs), and/or they are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural issues, a full psycho-educational assessment is recommended (see above).
The Westmount Charter School application process requires students to have undergone recent intelligence testing (also called an IQ test or cognitive assessment), and submission of a psychological assessment report that contains the full scale intelligence quotient (FSIQ) and general ability index (GAI) scores obtained during testing. Westmount’s deadline for submitting applications for early elementary students is typically the end of November for the following school year, and for Grades 5 through 12 the deadline is typically the end of February.
**I am currently booking assessments starting in June, 2020, for the Early Elementary application deadline. Assessments can be booked online by clicking here, or by telephone at (587) 887-9141.**
The Westmount Application assessment includes the following:
- Initial intake interview with parents, 30 minute video or telephone session
- Questionnaires completed by parents online
- Cognitive assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V or WAIS-IV), 1-2 hours in-person
- Final feedback with parents to discuss results, 30 minute video or telephone session
Following the assessment appointment, if your child meets gifted criteria (FSIQ of 130, plus or minus 5 points), a full psychological assessment report will be written and provided to you for your submission to Westmount. If your child does not meet gifted criteria, parents have the option to stop the assessment process and not proceeding with the full written report. The written report process is typically 2-3 hours in length and includes the following:
- Review of report cards, IPPs/ILPs if applicable, previous assessment reports, medical documentation, work samples and any other relevant material
- Psychological assessment report
The standard fee for assessment services performed by a registered psychologist is $200 per hour. The average fee for a gifted assessment that includes the full written report ranges between $900-$1200. The average fee for the testing session, without the full written report is $500-$600.
As part of the Calgary Board of Education’s application process to the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE), a psycho-educational assessment is required that includes both cognitive and academic testing.
What is involved in a psycho-educational assessment?
A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment involves a number of different steps.
1. Initial intake meeting
During the initial intake meeting, parents meet with the psychologist by telephone or video to provide a background and history about the child, and discuss areas of concern that have led to the decision to complete an assessment. Parents may be asked for report cards, IPPs or ILPs if available, work samples, relevant medical documentation, and any previous assessments or reports. This meeting is also an opportunity to talk about the assessment process and ask any questions that may be had at this time.
Assessment typically occurs over one or two in-person sessions, depending on the nature of the inquiry, with each testing session approximately 2 hours in length. Assessments are conducted using the latest test versions and technology, and for older children many of the tasks are completed on iPads which can make the experience more engaging and enjoyable for the individual. During these assessment sessions, your child will also be asked questions about their learning, what they feel their strengths and weaknesses are, what strategies they have found to be helpful, not so helpful, and so on. You can help your child prepare for the assessment sessions by ensuring they are well rested, not suffering from a cold or illness that might impact their performance, take all prescribed medications they would typically take during the day, and encouraging them to bring along a snack and water bottle.
3. Parent and teacher questionnaires
Parents will be asked to complete a background questionnaire about their child prior to the initial intake meeting. You also may be asked to complete additional questionnaires and rating scales during the assessment process, depending on the purpose of the assessment. Where possible, a teacher or school staff member who is familiar with your child may also be asked to complete questionnaires and/or rating scales to help provide additional information about your child in multiple environments.
4. Data Analysis and Report
Once the assessment sessions with your child are completed, and all rating scales and questionnaires have been returned, the psychologist will review all of the provided documentation, as well as results and scores from the assessments. At this time, all of the sources of information come together to form an in-depth picture of your child’s cognitive and learning profile, as well as language, attention, behaviour, social, emotional and adaptive functioning as applicable. This information will be put together in a report, which you will receive during the final feedback meeting.
5. Feedback meeting
The results of the assessment will be presented in a video or telephone feedback meeting and report. This information, along with any diagnosis that may come from the assessment, may help parents/guardians, school staff, community agencies and other health professionals to help develop strategies, supports, and accommodations or adaptations that can be used to improve your child’s learning and their ability to meet their own personal level of success at home, school and in their community. Results from the assessment may also help to make appropriate programming or placement decisions, and may provide access to additional funding, benefits and supports. These decisions are made at the discretion of the school and/or agency.
During this meeting, parents have an opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions regarding the final report. An original copy of the final written report is shared with the parent(s) or legal guardians only, and parents/guardians may choose to make copies to provide to your child’s school or other health care professionals.
School Meeting and Consultation
Parents can request for the psychologist to arrange and meet with school staff. This would be outside of the scope of the standard assessment and subject to an additional fee