What is comprehensive psychological assessment?
A comprehensive psychological assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder provides in-depth and detailed information regarding your child or youth, based on data from formal psychometric testing and information provided by parents and other professionals involved with your child. The written report provides detailed and practical suggestions on how to build upon your child/youth’s areas of strength and how to work on any areas of need. A comprehensive psychological assessment obtains information to help determine if your child/youth meets criteria for a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; however, other diagnoses are explored during testing, based on your child’s history and performance on testing.
How can psychological testing help?
A comprehensive psychological assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder can be used to:
- Give detailed information regarding your child/youth’s strengths and weaknesses;
- Provide suggestions on how to build upon your child/youth’s strengths and interests;
- Provide suggestions regarding how to address social, emotional, or behavioural concerns both at home and school;
- Assist in identification of your child as an Exceptional Pupil in the IPRC process;
- Assist in development of your child’s Individualized Education Plan;
- Provide suggestions on what learning strategies, accommodations, or modifications would be appropriate for your child at school;
- Provide documentation of a diagnosis for access to support services or benefits, as appropriate (ex: Ontario Autism Program, Special Services at Home, Disability Tax Credit).
Where is the assessment located?
Assessments can be conducted in your home or in one of our offices throughout southern Ontario. When appropriate, observations within community settings, such as preschool or other programs can be arranged.
How much does the assessment process cost?
A flat fee is charged for the entire assessment, which includes all appointments, report writing, travel, and feedback meeting. Some or all of the assessment costs may be covered under extended health benefits.