Psychological Services for Children and Adults
Assessment services are offered for a variety of areas of concern and challenge. All assessments include recommendations and strategies that are individualized for you/your child. Assessment costs include billable hours for intake interviews, administration, scoring and interpretation of standardized assessment batteries, questionnaires and interviews, file reviews, report writing, and feedback. Assessment costs will be discussed at booking.
Developmental/School Readiness Assessment (birth to school entry)
This form of assessment can help to identify developmental delays, and is ideal for parents considering delayed school entry, or for families parenting children who are at risk for developmental delays (e.g., premature birth, adverse experiences in the early developmental period, late meeting developmental milestones, adoption or foster care, etc.). Pre-schoolers’ cognitive, behavioural, and independence skills are assessed in a variety of ways, from direct observation, standardized assessment, parent interviews and questionnaires.
Psychoeducational Assessments (age 7 years and up)
Children and adolescents can benefit from psychoeducational testing to determine their unique profile of cognitive strengths and needs. This assessment informs educational choices, and helps to identify learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), etc. Specific testing is determined based on a child’s individual needs but generally includes academic file review, interviews and observations, standardized testing, and questionnaires collected from parents, children, and educators.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment (all ages)
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a social communication disorder affecting children and adults. This comprehensive assessment will identify an individual’s ability to connect and manage social interactions, focusing on their unique, specific, and subtle communication techniques. For this reason, both a psychologist and a speech-language pathologist are involved in the assessment process. Specific testing is determined based on an individuals needs and generally includes observations, questionnaires, and standardized interviews and assessments.
Neurobehavioural Assessment for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
The 2015 Canadian guidelines for FASD assessment and diagnosis outline the importance of compiling adequate neurobehavioural assessment results to inform this medical diagnosis. While this diagnosis must ultimately be made by a medical physician trained in the area of FASD, areas that may require comprehensive assessment include cognitive skill, academic achievement, behavioural functioning, adaptive behavior and executive functioning, memory, social skills, expressive, receptive, and pragmatic communication skills, sensory needs, fine & gross motor skills, etc. Veitch Wellness Centre offers assessment in many of these areas for children and adolescents of all ages. Laura Casey Foss, registered psychologist, is a trained FASD diagnostician and her service includes not only the psychological testing required, but also the coordination of services to compile the most comprehensive assessment necessary for this medical diagnostic process.
Therapy & Intervention Services
Intervention is offered for behavioural challenges, anxiety, family stress (e.g., separation and divorce), and adverse experiences in the early developmental period (e.g., developmental trauma, attachment disruption such as in the case of adoptions or foster care). Intervention includes parent and child education, play, cognitive-behavioural techniques, and the development of emotional coping-skills.
Play-based intervention is also offered for children with special developmental needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, or other global developmental delays.
Interoceptive awareness, which is the ability to perceive the body’s internal signals (e.g., hunger, temperature, muscle tension, etc.) has been shown to play a key role in many challenges including anxiety, behavioural concerns, and even autism. As such, interoceptive training through play, movement, relaxation, and yoga are also often incorporated into intervention.
Parents, caregivers (such as daycare providers), and even school personnel can be involved in the therapeutic process to ensure holistic, wrap-around supports to meet your child’s needs in every environment.
Adolescent & Adult Services
Counseling services are offered for a variety of needs including anxiety and depression, stress, grief, trauma, and other life-stressors. Intervention incorporates cognitive-behavioural therapy, interpersonal skills training, and development of coping skills. An integral part of intervention involves the mind-body connection and interoceptive awareness. Intervention often focuses on learning mindfulness techniques, movement, and other relaxation strategies that have been shown to increase interoceptive awareness and skill.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Consultation
School-age children and families benefit from consultation with a psychologist to determine appropriate behavioural and social programming for both home and school. Consultation is available in clinic, in-home, or in the school setting and will provide recommendations to a child’s existing team. These recommendations are targeted to a child’s current needs and can help children reach their full academic and social potential.
For clients who live out of town or who have difficulty traveling, telepsychology is available.