Assessments

Psychoeducational assessments are essential to fully understand how kids learns and to capitalize on their strengths. Our experts will tell you how your child learns and problem solves best. The most important part of the assessment is our detailed strategies to boost your child’s success in and out of school.

Assessments are also necessary to identify Giftedness, learning difficulties, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, social-communication difficulties, anxiety, and any other social/emotional/behavioural problems. Our psychologists are specialists in each of these areas. Not only will we help identify your child’s strengths and areas of challenges, we will support you every step of the way to ensure their learning needs are met.

Assessment is a critical  part of student learning. They help us figure out things like:

  • If kids are learning what they are supposed to be learning
  • How kids learn
  • The best way to teach kids to maximize their learning

Even more important than basic reading and math skills, today’s kids also need the skills to confidently navigate our continually changing world. They must learn to think critically, make inferences, and make good decisions.

Early intervention is critical for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to maximize the child’s potential mastering the key skills to communicate, to interact with others, to manage behaviours effectively. Therefore, assessment and early identification is critical. Diagnosing ASD requires direct observation combined with expert examination and assessment, as well as collaboration between professionals, parents, and other key adults in the child’s life. Our clinicians are trained in the specific assessment instruments used to detect ASD.

It is imperative that an assessment covers all developmental domains in order to best facilitate planning for appropriate interventions…

Assessments are needed to determine giftedness and if kids meet criteria for admission to a school’s gifted program. Our team goes above and beyond normal gifted assessments by highlighting now only how smart a child is, but also strengths in other areas including creativity, motivation, leadership, athletics, and learning. We also provide specific recommendations for academic goals, academic modifications and remediation…

Assessments for ADHD is critical to understand kids’ strengths and how attention affects their learning and success in other areas, such as socially. Our thorough assessments capitalize on student strengths and identify appropriate interventions to support student success in school and in life. The bottom-line: proper identification is essential in promoting positive outcomes for students…

At Koru Family Psychology, we are committed to supporting students and their families to maximize their personal growth and their potential to shine socially, emotionally, and academically. In maintaining our high standards of client centered care, we are pleased to offer families in financial need bursaries and scholarships to help offset the costs of assessments. This program is by referral only…

Areas of investigation often include:

  • Intellectual Functioning and Learning Profile
    • Identify the brain’s strengths and challenges. Figure out if kids and learn and show that they have learned using words, pictures, and/or numbers.  Identify  kids’ working memory capacity, their ability to remember what they learn, and how quickly they can process information.
  • Academic Achievement
    • Understand what kids have learned, how they perform in school, and what skills they have (or need to develop) to help with reading, writing, or math. Where appropriate, it can be important to investigate kids’ fine motor control, gross motor coordination, language abilities, and school motivation.
    • We specialize in dynamic assessments to fully understanding the causes of learning difficulties, which tells us directly how to help kids learn better.
  • Focus, Concentration and Executive Functioning
    • Looking at the brain’s executive skills is important to understand how well kids can focus, avoid distraction, stick with things even if they are boring, remember to do routines and chores, self-organize, get started on things without reminders, and pay attention to their work without making careless mistakes.
  • Restlessness and Impulsivity
    • Assess kids’ ability to use their time productively and finish their independent work, to stay seated, to think before they act and make good decisions, to put up their hands before blurting out in class, to wait patiently for things they want, and to wait for their turn.
  • Social Development
    • Investigate kids social skills, such as being able to make new friends, take others’ perspective, and understand subtle social cues (e.g., body language, facial expression, tone of voice, awareness of personal space).
  • Anxiety and mood
    • Learn more about kids’ levels of stress, anxiety, and mood. Also learn the effect these have on everyday functioning and performance. Difficulties with separation, test taking, performing in a group, moderating/coping with stress, and tendencies to obsess are addressed.
  • Neuropsychological Development
    • Analysis of core neurological functioning in areas such as executive functioning, complex language development, visuospatial processing, sensorimotor development, social perception, and retrieval abilities from short and long-term memory.