Information about Psychological Assessments
What is a psychological assessment?
A psychological assessment is a way to discover more
about how a child thinks, feels, learns, and behaves. A psychological assessment is a comprehensive
investigation of a child's strengths and needs in order to learn more about how
to support their development.
Who conducts the assessment?
In this practice, assessments are conducted by Psychologists and/or senior doctoral candidates under supervision of the Psychologist.
How could an assessment be helpful?
- It can provide more information on a child’s functioning,
thinking, and learning style, which can help parents and teachers better
understand and support the child.
- It can reveal unknown strengths or needs.
- If the pattern of findings meet established criteria, it may lead
to diagnosis of a psychological disorder (e.g., Learning Disability,
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorder).
- It can assist in devising more effective teaching strategies (such
as changes in teaching style or expectations, or access to computer
- The results may inform the development or revision of an
Individual Education Plan.
- It may help inform decisions about appropriate school programming
and placement, as well as community supports that may be helpful.
What does a “Standard Psycho-Educational
Assessment” consist of?
A “standard” assessment meets the needs of the
majority of clients who have questions about learning or developmental
status. The assessment is tailored to
the needs of the individual and typically includes the following:
- An intake interview
- Collection of
- Review of report
- Review of previous assessment reports
- All testing sessions
(usually 3 sessions of 2 hours each) of cognitive ability, academic
achievement, and any other relevant indices such as memory, executive
functioning, phonological awareness, fine motor skills, and language processing·
- Scoring and
interpretation of all test data
- Collection and
interpretation of behavioural questionnaires·
- Preparation of
written results and recommendations (~ 6 hours of writing)
- Feedback session with
- Feedback session with
youth, if applicable
What is the cost of a “Standard"
standard assessment costs $2800.00 (16 hours of work at $175.00/hour).
- If a
conference at the school is requested, there is an additional fee of $300.00.
some cases a more comprehensive “clinical” assessment is required if there are
significant mental health or developmental needs that cannot be assessed within the confines of
a standard assessment. A custom price is
What if my question is about autism? Is that covered by a "standard" assesment?
- An assessment of autism requires a cognitive assessment, the procedures of a "standard assessment" as well as a lot of additional, specialized questionnaires and measures.
- The cost for this type of assessment is $3150.00 (18 hours of work at $175.00/hour).
What happens to the information
collected during the assessment?
will be shared with parents/guardians verbally.
will receive a copy of the written psychological assessment report. The report can be released to school
personnel or other interested parties, at the discretion of parents/ guardians.·
original copy of the report and other relevant data will be kept in secure
storage for at least 10 years beyond the child’s 18 birthday, as
per legislation in Ontario.
parents/guardians believe that information is inaccurate or incomplete,
concerns can be discussed with the Psychologist and corrections may be made
Who is given information about the
will receive the results of the assessment in verbal and written format.
results will not be shared with third parties unless written permission is
provided by parents/guardians·
are some limits to confidentiality for Psychologists. We MUST:
o Report experienced or potential abuse,
neglect, or maltreatment to Family & Children’s Services.o
Report sexual abuse by a Regulated Health
Professional to his/her college.
Take steps to protect the child in instances
where a child discloses the intent to harm him or herself or warn others when
there is imminent risk of harm to others.
Provide access to files when so ordered by a
court of law.
Provide files to the College of Psychologists
of Ontario for quality assurance and complaint investigations.
What are the risks of having a
parents/guardians or children may be surprised, disappointed, or in
disagreement with the findings of an assessment or the suggestions made.
of the topics covered may bring up unpleasant feelings.
tasks of the assessment may be difficult or boring.
Who can I contact with more questions? ·
Kris Pryke, C. Psych.