Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect if I or my child is going to be assessed?
Assessments typically take about four hours for children and four to six hours for adolescents. Adult assessments typically take about six hours to complete. Prior to the assessment, a background developmental history interview is taken by speaking either with the individual (in the case of adults or adolescents) and / or with the parents (for children and adolescents). It is also very helpful to bring copies of all your or your childs report cards to the assessment. They will be returned at the completion of the report. Within a month after the assessment is done (except in some extenuating circumstances), a report will be given to you which provides a detailed summary of the results and includes a list of recommendations.
Why should I refer my child or myself for an assessment?
If teachers, parents, or yourself have concerns about whether you or your child may have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder, an assessment may be warranted. Often the individual may be experiencing difficulties within the educational or work setting which cannot be explained by external factors (e.g., stress, worry, mood related issues) which are causing lower than expected achievement. These difficulties may include, but are not limited to, problems with reading, writing, mathematics, sustaining attention and memory related issues. Assessments can also be administered for those who believe their child’s intellectual capacity may be exceptional and would like to find out if the child meets criteria for identification as Gifted within a school board setting.
How can an assessment assist myself or my child?
Once an assessment is completed, you will receive a copy of the results within a report format. The report will include a number of recommendations which can assist you and the educational setting in developing appropriate programs and supports. It will also help you understand the individual’s level of strengths and needs and how he or she learns best.
Where can I access funding for an assessment?
Costs for assessments are not funded through OHIP. Often people may have coverage for part, or all of an assessment through extended health benefit coverage at their work. Also in post secondary institutions, there may be a bursary available to fund the cost. Fees for assessments are based on rates set out by the Ontario Psychological Association and are subject to change. Fees will be discussed with you at initial contact.
Who would have access to the report or my personal information?
Confidentiality is respected at all times. No information will be communicated directly or indirectly to a third party without your informed and written consent. Exceptions to confidentiality include the legal obligation to: Inform a potential victim of violence of a client’s intention to inflict harm; inform an appropriate health-care professional of a client’s intention to end his/her life; release a client’s file if it is subpoenaed by a court of law; inform the CAS if a client is placing a child at risk for abuse; and report a health care professional who has sexually abused a client. In addition, personal information such as name, address, background history, etc. may be obtained in order to assess what your needs may be. This information will be used to advise you on your assessment options. All information is kept confidential according to the Personal Health Information and Privacy Act (2004). Records are retained for 10 years after the assessment or in the case of children, for 10 years after their 18th birthday.