Psychoeducational/Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment

 

 

What is a Psychoeducational/Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment

The psychoeducational/autism spectrum disorder assessment is designed to evaluate the developmental, emotional, social, behavioral, attentional, cognitive, and academic functioning of a child, adolescent, or adult. This assessment encompasses everything that is included in a psychoeducational assessment, as well as specialized testing to screen for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Who is it for?

It is intended for children as young as six years old, adolescents, and adults who present with learning and developmental concerns.

 

What is the structure?

A clinical interview (1.5 hours, virtual): If the assessment is for a child, parent(s)/guardian(s) and the child will participate in the interview. The clinician will help guide how to structure this time together. Adolescents may spend more time alone with the clinician. Adults may wish to come to the clinical interview alone or accompanied (e.g. by a partner, parent, etc.).

Three psychoeducational testing sessions (3 hours each, in person at our clinic): Due to the standardized nature of the measures administered, only the individual undergoing the assessment and the clinician are present in the testing room. Parents may remain in the waiting area if they wish. We recommend bringing snacks and water for breaks during the appointment. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder testing session (2 hours, in person ***Please note that the autism testing session takes place at 101-17070 Yonge St. Newmarket, Ontario***):  The first part of this session will focus on getting a thorough understanding of any autism-related symptoms. The second half will be dedicated to autism-specific testing. One or both parents/guardians and the child or teenager need to be present.

Feedback session (1.5 hours, virtual): If the assessment is for a child, the feedback session is intended for parent(s)/guardian(s) only. Older adolescents are encouraged to join the feedback session. Adults may attend the feedback session alone or accompanied. During the feedback session, the clinician will review the assessment results with you, communicate any diagnoses (if applicable), and discuss recommendations and steps forward. You will receive a copy of the written report with all the above-noted information.

 

Is there anything else that is required of me?

For an assessment for a child or adolescent, parent(s)/guardian(s) will complete online and paper-and-pencil questionnaires. We also ask that teachers complete online questionnaires. Adults will be asked to complete questionnaires and to provide the contact information of someone who knows them well (e.g. partner, parent) who can also complete questionnaires. 

As part of the assessment, we will also review: school report cards, previous assessment reports (e.g. mental health, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, etc.) and other medically-relevant information. *These documents can be sent by email or hard copies can be brought to the clinic. We will scan hard copy documents and return the original documents to you. 

 

What is the cost?

The fee for this service is $4750. 

 Please note that psychological services are not covered by OHIP. Many private insurance plans provide full or partial coverage for psychological services. Please contact your insurance provider to determine your level of coverage, as we do not provide direct billing. 

We would be pleased to offer you a complimentary 15-minute intake call with one of our intake coordinators to help determine if this assessment is the right fit for you or your child. If you would like to schedule this, please contact us at [email protected].