Toronto Psychological Services & Research Centre offers a range of assessments that fall under two broad categories: Psychological Assessments & Psychoeducational (Educational) Assessments.
Psychoeducational Assessments in Toronto
Psychoeducational Assessments are available to students in elementary, high school, college, university and graduate school. It is generally best to wait until a child is at least 6- years old before completing an educational assessment to investigate and diagnose a specific learning disorder. It is not impossible to complete this assessment earlier, especially for children who are at-risk and may require immediate and intensive interventions. However, we prefer to wait until a child has had adequate exposure to the school curriculum before attempting to determine whether they meet the diagnostic criteria for a learning disability.
There are times that a child’s learning problems go unidentified and are only detectedwhen they begin high school, college or university. These students are entitled to the academic support that is available at every Ontario college and university. However, a Psychoeducational Assessment completed by a Registered Psychologist or Psychological Associate is necessary to establish the students’ eligibility for available accommodations.
Adults who may have had past learning challenges could benefit from a Psychoeducational Assessment to enter college, university, graduate school or complete examinations for their professional designations. Others may have already had an assessment in the past but require an updated Psychoeducational Assessment to gain current accommodations for completing the entrance examinations (e.g., GRE, LSAT, MCAT) required by their respective program.
It is not unusual for a professional with a learning disability to complete, for example, law school or medical school, then struggle to pass the bar or professional examinations. Additionally, after completing their studies, an adult with a learning disability, language disorder, ADHD etcetera may continue to require support and accommodations within the workplace. Therefore, completing a Psychoeducational Assessment could provide the basis for gaining appropriate accommodations (e.g., extra time). Such accommodations may be necessary for them to demonstrate their intellectual abilities and overall potential. Otherwise, they may continue to struggle with completing their responsibilities or find it difficult to establish an appropriate work-life balance.