Assessments can be helpful in understanding your areas of strengths and needs, supporting self-exploration and understanding, and identifying any relevant mental health, academic, or occupational recommendations to support you in reaching your full potential.
Step 1: Service Overview
Before booking your assessment, you will be provided with a 15-minute consultation (at no cost to you). During your consultation, we will give you an overview of the types of assessments we offer, listen to your reasoning for accessing an assessment, and make sure you are scheduling the right assessment to address your identified areas of strengths and needs.
Step 2: Before You Begin
As part of the investigation process of your strengths and needs, before you meet with your relevant clinician(s) you will be sent standardized psychometric self, observer, and if applicable teacher questionnaires, as well as consent and intake forms. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to provide any report cards and/or past psychological/psychiatric/psychoeducational assessment results that you may have. These documents are at the starting point of the overall assessment process.
Step 3: Exploration
Depending on the assessment type, it is anticipated that you will participate in one to three online and/or in-person appointments to engage in clinical interviews and standardized testing. It is important to note that at Northern Elm Assessment and Treatment, we work with you and go at your pace. This means that at times, sessions may be shortened and/or additional appointments may be added.
Step 4: Results
For many individuals, this is where the journey really begins! During your results session, you can expect to meet with the diagnosing psychological associate for one to two hours (depending on your assessment type) to review the assessment results and if applicable, any recommendations and next steps.
If you are a parent/caregiver who has a child undergoing an assessment, we would be more than happy to set up a separate meeting (at no cost) to review the results with your child in an age-appropriate and strengths-based way.
ADHD and/or Mental Health assessments are designed to explore whether or not you have any mood-, anxiety-, focusing- or trauma-related disorders or symptoms. Often, Mental Health assessments can be useful in facilitating therapeutic treatment planning to better support your overall well-being.
After completing relevant questionnaires and submitting any relevant documentation (such as past assessments) you will have your first meeting with our psychological associate to review your mental health, occupational, and academic history. This initial meeting is scheduled for 2.5 hours. After two to three weeks, you will have your second meeting with the psychological associate where you will get your results, a psychological report, and discuss next steps and (if applicable) any recommendations.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Our ASD assessments go through an in-depth overview of your developmental history and explore social, communication, and behavioural functioning.
After completing relevant questionnaires and submitting any relevant documentation (such as past assessments) you will have your first meeting with our psychological associate to review your mental health, occupational, and academic history, and developmental history. This initial meeting is scheduled for 2.5 hours. Following you will have a second appointment to compulte standardized testing (of not, this typically happens in-person). After two to three weeks, you will have your second meeting with the psychological associate where you will get your results, a psychological report, and discuss next steps and (if applicable) any recommendations.
Psychoeducational assessments can help identify your cognitive, emotional, behavioural, and academic profile. They are designed to look at potential learning disabilities, processing deficits, and executive functioning concerns (such as those associated with ADHD).
Gifted assessments are designed to identify your cognitive profile. For children and students, gifted assessments can be helpful in determining if criteria is met for a given school board's gifted programming.