Who would benefit from a psychological or educational assessment?
Students can struggle at school for a number of reasons. While not all difficulties warrant a psychological assessment, there are some issues that need to be investigated. A psychological assessment could be helpful if teachers express consistent, repeated concerns about your child's reading, language, attention, organization or math skills. Student who want to apply for accomodations at college or university require an assessment to be completed in either grade 11 or 12.
How long will it take?
An assessment involves 5 sessions. The first session (1 hour) with parents provides a description of the referral questions and a developmental history. Three testing session (2 hours each) are completed with the student. Finally, a feedback session is conducted with parents to present the results, communicate any diagnoses and share recommendations.
Will I get a report?
Parents are given a written report summarizing all results, diagnoses and recommendations. Permission is given for parents to share the report with either school or medical personnel.
How much will it cost?
Psychological assessments are charged a flat fee. Services offered by a registered psychologist are usually covered by most major health and benefit plans. Please contact Dr. Lorraine Campbell for current pricing. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount for an assessment?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Does the information remain confidential?
All information collected remains confidential and cannot be shared with school or other medical personnel without your written consent. The only exception to this confidentiality is there is suspected past or present abuse or if there is reason to suspect that the client is in danger of harming him/herself or another person. In these situations, information must be reported to the relevant authorities in keeping with the reporting obligations of psychologists under statutes and regulations of the province of Ontario.