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Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

Psychoeducational assessments for children & teens

Psychoeducational assessments can help you make sense of your child's symptoms and find the answers you need to best help them.

Psychoeducational assessments can help you understand:

your child's unique learning style

their strengths and weaknesses

How to best support your child

ADHD Testing

Autism Testing

Learning Disability Testing

Dyslexia & dysgraphia Testing

Gifted or cognitive testing

An assessment offers understanding and insight About How Your Child Learns

As a parent, it’s heartbreaking to watch your child struggle, knowing they are trying their best but are still falling behind. You might feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and unsure of how to help, or are dealing with a school that doesn’t understand your child’s needs.

During this time your child or teen may feel lost, frustrated and despite their best efforts, aren’t able to keep up with their peers academically or socially. They might feel different, isolated or not smart because they learn differently.

“She’s smart but her grades don’t reflect her potential.”
“He gets easily distracted.”
“She has frequent meltdowns over minor issues.”
“He’s very creative & loves to learn but is really bored at school.”

When to seek a psychoeducational assessment

Your child or teen may benefit from a psychoeducational assessment if they struggle with:

  • Reading or writing
  • Sensory sensitivities
  • Going to school
  • Bouts of hyperactivity
  • Being able to pay attention
  • Being easily distracted
  • Math
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling different than everyone else
  • Making & keeping friends
  • Being easily bored (gifted kids)
  • Learning differently

We can help you get the answers you need.

Psychoeducational Assessments for Teens and Children at Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

A guide to psychoeducational assessments

Psychoeducational assessments are specialized evaluations performed by trained professionals to understand a child’s cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. They can help identify your child or teen’s:

  • learning strengths and weaknesses
  • potential learning disorders
  • attention issues
  • giftedness

Assessments also look at behavioral, emotional, and social factors that may impact a child’s learning.

The process includes a range of tests and observational techniques to understand your child’s learning style, processing abilities, and academic performance. The assessments tend to include IQ testing, academic achievement testing, memory, attention, and executive function assessments, as well as screening for emotional or behavioural issues.

Your child/teen may benefit from a psychoeducational assessment if they are:

  • Struggling academically or showing a sudden drop in grades.
  • Exhibiting difficulties in reading, writing, or math that seem inconsistent with their overall intelligence or effort.
  • Having trouble paying attention, are easily distracted, or appear hyperactive.
  • Experiencing social issues, like excessive anxiety or difficulty relating to peers.
  • Showing signs of being advanced or gifted, such as performing well beyond grade level or expressing boredom with age-appropriate material.
A psychoeducational assessment can provide a comprehensive picture of your child’s cognitive, academic, and emotional functioning, identifying:
  • Learning disabilities like dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Emotional or behavioural issues that may be impacting academic performance.
  • Giftedness and areas of exceptional strength.
The findings of a psychoeducational assessment provide you with valuable information in knowing how to best support your child as they grow. The results can be shared with educators and used to create an effective educational plan for your child. Depending on the results, you may:
  • Collaborate with your child’s school to implement an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan, which offer accommodations and modifications to support your child’s learning needs.
  • Seek specialized educational services or therapies like speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, or counselling.
  • Look for enrichment programs or advanced learning opportunities if your child is identified as gifted.
Remember, every child is unique, and a psychoeducational assessment can be a powerful tool to understand your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. The goal is not to label your child, but to provide them with the right tools and resources they need to succeed and thrive.
Dr Anne Marie Mikhail | Psychologist | Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Dr. Anne Marie Mikhail

Ph.D., C. Psych.

Registered Clinical, Counselling, School Psychologist
Clinic Director | Owner

Why Choose

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

You need to feel seen and heard.

Your history, culture, situation, relationships, religion, ethnicity, and family have all shaped who you are today. To understand your struggles is to understand your story and what brought you here. With over 20 years of experience, our therapists are committed to helping you get to the source of your challenges and get you the answers you need.

We take care of the whole you.

Our Approach

How psychoeducational assessments work

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Intake session

We listen to the specific concerns you have about your child/teen and get to know their struggles to help us decide which type of assessment will be the most helpful.

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Testing & questionnaires

We will meet in person with you and your child/teen for a total of 6-8 hours. Oftentimes questionnaires will be given to parents, guardians and teachers for further assessment.

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre | Mississauga, Ontario

Feedback & support

We tailor the assessment and subsequent support to your child/teen’s specific needs. About 6 weeks after the final session, we have a final meeting to present the results and feedback.

The results of the assessment will help you better understand your child/teen’s cognitive abilities and learning style. From there we can recommend academic modifications, therapies or lifestyle changes that will best support your child’s learning and development.

What you can expect

The ultimate goal of the assessment process is to provide a roadmap for supporting your child/teen’s unique learning and developmental needs. Most parents find that once they have the results of the assessment, they are less frustrated and feel more confident in how to help their child/teen.

  • Improved academic performance
  • More comfortable at school
  • Reduced frustration
  • Less anxiety
  • Improved social relationships
  • Greater self awareness
  • Support for giftedness
  • Feel more supported

Questions About Psychoeducational Assessments

A psychoeducational assessment will help you understand your child/teen’s learning, attention, and/or social-emotional profile. It uses standardized testing measures to evaluate your child’s verbal and nonverbal thinking and reasoning abilities (i.e., IQ) and academic achievement (e.g., reading, writing, math, oral language) as well as their memory, processing speed, visual-spatial processing, motor coordination, phonological processing, attention, and executive functioning skills.

If your child is having problems with literacy, we recommend seeking answers early. The idea of waiting until Grade 3 is common, but not actually best practice, because as soon as we have the results, we can get your child the educational and social support that will help them move forward.
Each school board has their own definitions of what is required to be identified as gifted. All testing requires an evaluation of your child’s verbal and nonverbal thinking and reasoning abilities (i.e., IQ) and some school boards also require some academic testing of their reading and math skills.
We complete a full psychoeducational assessment with the addition of certain questionnaires, a 2-hour developmental history interview with guardian(s), and we conduct the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is the gold standard for making an autism diagnosis, with your child.
We complete a full psychoeducational assessment with the addition of certain questionnaires, executive functioning tasks, a review of report card comments, and a thorough clinical interview with guardian(s) and/or child.

Ethos Psychotherapy & Assessment Centre

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