Psychological & Educational Assessments

Is it ADHD or something else?

Is it ADHD or Something Else?

Many people who were diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder in the early 2000’s have come to question the exclusivity of that diagnosis, especially when it comes to learning. Psychological research over the past 2 decades has shown that many of the symptoms exhibited by children, teens or adults might be something quite different altogether.

There is no doubt that skilled diagnosticians have determined that some individuals were misdiagnosed with ADHD when their symptoms were essential features of other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder,

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How many hours does it take to complete an Educational Assessment?

How many hours does it take to complete an Educational Assessment?

This is one of the most common questions that clients and parents ask when they call to inquire about a comprehensive educational assessment that they can give to elementary schools, high schools, colleges, universities and graduate admission facilities.

At Toronto Psychological Services, we never over-book. The day a client attends the one-hour intake session and pays a retainer. ALL the hours considered necessary for the assessment, including testing, scoring and writing the report,

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm ~ Early Psychoeducational Assessment

Many parents worry that getting a psychoeducational assessment means there is something wrong with their child. This is a myth – plain and simple.

Unfortunately, due to such misbeliefs, along with other factors such as a lack of information, avoidance, etc., it is often the case that parents don’t send their child for a psychoeducational assessment until further into the schooling years, where larger problems begin to take fold, such as harder to manage behavioural issues and/or plummeting grades.

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The Importance of an Early Educational Assessment

Having a very young child who is experiencing difficulty at school is distressing for parents as well as for the child. It can affect the whole family, including siblings. Parents bring their young child to Junior Kindergarten with tremendous feelings of optimism and rarely suspect that their child may experience difficulty learning. When a teacher calls a parent to discuss concern about their child’s slower than anticipated academic skill development, feelings of anxiety and stress quickly follow. This article discusses such concern and how to address it.

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Why is school so hard for me?

Getting an Educational Assessment Prior to Post Secondary Education

Did you have an Educational Assessment (also known as a Psychoeducational Assessment) when you were a child? Possibly you or your parents suspected that you had some learning difficulties or a learning disability as a child but you never had an Educational Assessment when you were young.

Now is your opportunity to gain a better understanding of how you learn as a young/older adult. If you are confident that you did experience learning difficulties in the past an updated or first-time Psychoeducational Assessment would allow you to advocate for yourself at post-secondary schools.

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Speaking plainly…….what is a Psycho-Educational Assessment?

People may seek a psychological assessment for many reasons; learning, behaviour, injury, health, emotional problems or development concerns to name just a few.

A psycho-educational or educational assessment is simply one kind of psychological assessment. For example, an educational assessment investigates learning potential and academic skill development. A psychological assessment of any kind must be completed by a licensed psychologist or psychological associate who is registered with the College of Psychologists in their province.

In simple terms,

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