Assessments for Children
Helping Parents & Children Thrive in Calgary
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.
Areas of investigation often include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Scholarship Opportunities for Students and Families
Koru Family Psychology is pleased to offer families in financial need bursaries and scholarships to help offset the costs of assessments.