Psychological assessments provide important information regarding children’s cognitive, developmental, social and communicative abilities relative to their same-aged peers. They enable the identification of specific learning difficulties, developmental delays or giftedness, and help to clarify children’s learning profiles, strengths and weaknesses. As a result, a greater understanding or clarification regarding children’s behavioural, social, emotional and communication difficulties is achieved.
On the basis of assessment results, the suitability of the child’s school placement, academic program and associated goals can be evaluated. Recommendations can be made regarding teaching methods and support services. Appropriate support can then be implemented as needed, including learning support, Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Accommodations for tests and exams can also be identified.
Assessments are selected on an individual basis, based on the diagnostic questions or concerns. The most recent test editions of assessment materials with up-to-date norms are used. Most assessments are available in French and English.
Commonly used assessments include:
- Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale-2nd Edition (ADOS-2)
- Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R)
- Social Responsiveness Scale-2nd Edition (SRS-2)
- Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
- Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ)
- Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales
- Psychoeducational Profile-3d Edition (PEP-3)
- Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-4th Edition (WPPSI-IV)
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children- 5th Edition (WISC-V)
- Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function-2nd Edition (BRIEF-2)
- Test of Attention for Children (TEA-Ch)