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Assessments Across the Lifespan

Psychoeducational Assessments

A psychoeducational assessment is an evaluation of a child’s, adolescent’s, or young adult’s cognitive and academic strengths and weaknesses. Attention, memory and some aspects of executive functioning are also typically assessed. Individuals are usually referred for these assessments when they are having problems at school, or they are doing very well at school and may require enriched programming. During this assessment, the student is interviewed and undergoes cognitive and academic testing. Information is also gathered from the family and the school. Once all of the information is collected, recommendations are provided for the individual, family, and the school.


If the child, adolescent, or young adult has a complex developmental history (e.g., perinatal complications, neurological condition, concussions), a neuropsychological assessment would be recommended. 


Neuropsychological Assessments

A neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of a person’s cognitive, psychological/ emotional, and behavioural functioning. The individual takes part in a detailed interview and standardized testing. Additional information can also be collected by reviewing medical records, educational records, and speaking with family member(s) or someone that knows them well. A person’s scores are compared to normative test data and a profile is generated, which identifies areas of strength and weakness. The Clinical Neuropsychologist then interprets the profile and determines how it relates to brain functioning. Recommendations for school, work, daily life, and treatment are made based on the information collected during the assessment and neurocognitive profile.


A neuropsychological assessment can be conducted for several reasons and in the context of many neurodevelopmental/ neurological/ psychiatric problems and conditions. The following are a few examples:

(1) Autism-Spectrum Disorder

(2) Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

(3) Prematurity and perinatal complications

(4) Epilepsy

(5) Learning Disorders

(6) Traumatic Brain Injury

(7) Stroke

(8) Dementia


Other Assessments

There are several other assessments that are offered. These include:

Psychological assessments to evaluate possible developmental disabilities (e.g., in the context of trying to apply for services and supports through Developmental Services Ontario or other community supports).


Psychodiagnostic assessments to evaluate emotional, behavioural, and social functioning in the context of a variety of life events or stressors (e.g., following a neurological injury or a stroke; after a job loss or transition).


Neurocognitive baseline testing and repeat neurocognitive screening when there is suspected neurocognitive decline related to a neurological condition/injury or a neurodegenerative process (e.g., concussions; epilepsy; dementia).


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