Okotoks and South Calgary
(587) 887-9141
info@launchpsychology.com

Assessment Services

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 in both Calgary and Okotoks, Alberta. 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.

Many programs, including Westmount Charter School and the Gifted and Talented Education program (GATE) offered by the Calgary Board of Education require recent intelligence testing as part of the admissions process, and so a more targeted gifted assessment may be appropriate.

I have experience working with children in both private and public settings, including directly within the school system. 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

  • Initial intake interview with parents/guardians
  • Questionnaires completed by parents, and teachers where available
  • Review of report cards, IPPs/ILPs if applicable, previous assessment reports, medical documentation, work samples and any other relevant material
  • Interview with child
  • Cognitive assessment (using the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, or WAIS-IV)
  • Academic assessment (WIAT-III)
  • Screening and assessment of social, emotional, behavioural and adaptive functioning (including ADHD, anxiety disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, and more)
  • Observation of student during assessment sessions
  • Written report, including diagnosis where applicable. Includes recommendations that can be used by parents and school
  • Final feedback meeting with parents to discuss results

Gifted Assessments

If you believe that your child may be gifted and you are interested in applying to a specialized program, or are simply curious as to their cognitive profile, a gifted assessment may be appropriate. These programs typically require the intelligence testing only, or intelligence testing plus an academic assessment.

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.

Westmount Application

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 the 2020/2021 school year is November 29, 2019.

**I am currently booking assessments starting in July for the Early Elementary application deadline, which is at the end of November, 2020. Assessments can be booked online by clicking here, or by telephone at (587) 887-9141.**

Our Westmount Application assessment includes the following:

  • Initial intake interview with parents/guardians
  • Questionnaires completed by parents
  • Review of report cards, IPPs/ILPs if applicable, previous assessment reports, medical documentation, work samples and any other relevant material
  • Cognitive assessment (using the WPPSI-IV, WISC-V or WAIS-IV)
  • Final feedback with parents to discuss results (immediately following the assessment)
  • Written report*

*All testing is billed on an hourly basis. After completing the cognitive portion of a gifted assessment, if the student is found not to meet gifted criteria, parents have the option to stop the assessment process and not receive the psychological report for a reduced fee

GATE Application

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.

Our GATE Application assessment includes the following:

  • Initial intake interview with parents/guardians
  • Questionnaires completed by parents and teachers where available
  • Review of report cards, IPPs/ILPs if applicable, previous assessment reports, medical documentation, work samples and any other relevant material
  • Interview with child
  • Cognitive assessment (WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, WAIS-IV)
  • Academic assessment (WIAT-III)
  • Observation of student during assessment sessions
  • Written report
  • Final feedback meeting to discuss results

*All testing is billed on an hourly basis. After completing the cognitive portion of a gifted assessment, if the student is found not to meet gifted criteria, parents have the option to stop the assessment process and not receive the psychological report for a reduced fee

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 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 are asked to bring along 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.

2. Assessment

Assessment typically occurs over one or two 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 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

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