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Assessment At Possibilities: The First Step Towards An Effective Treatment Plan

Our Team Approach

At the Possibilities Clinic, we know that diagnosing ADD and ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Tourette Syndrome and associated conditions must be done with care, expertise, and uncompromising attention to detail. An accurate diagnosis is the first step towards an effective treatment plan. That is why every assessment we do involves these essential components to support diagnostic accuracy and treatment:

  • A team of experts from different disciplines (e.g., psychiatry, pediatrics, psychology, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology)
  • Clinical interview sessions where we gather information about medical history and current functioning
  • Direct testing of attention, memory, learning, and associated cognitive skills with a psychometrist
  • A team meeting when experts involved in the assessment review the findings, make diagnostic decisions, and devise an individualized Treatment Plan
  • A feedback session where results and treatments are discussed with the patient and/or family
  • Integrated medication consultation sessions with experts on our Medical Team

We have different kinds of assessments for different needs. Here are some common questions, grouped into themes, and our answers to help you better explore your assessment options.

We can help you. An initial discussion with one of our Team Members can help determine the assessment that is right for you or your family.

You can also start by filling out our Child and Adolescent Intake Form for children and teens, or our Adult Intake Form for adults. Once we have this form and the physician referral, our Team will call you to set up an appointment.

For any questions, email us at [email protected] or call 1-833-482-5558.

Yes. Since all our assessments involve a physician, they require an initial referral from a medical doctor.

At Possibilities, our Collaborative Care Model allows you to access experts through your own doctor. If you completed an assessment at Possibilities—either a Focus Forward 360 Assessment or a Signature Assessment which includes Psychoeducational testing—then we received a referral from your doctor before the assessment began. We also received a document from your doctor agreeing to work collaboratively with our physicians in carrying out any medical recommendations our physicians make at the end of the assessment. Once the assessment is complete, the physician on your Possibilities Assessment Team will send out a Medication Plan to the doctor in the community who referred you or your child for the assessment. Your community doctor will start you on your medication and prescribe any changes in dose over time following the Medication Treatment Plan recommended by our experts. If there are any questions or concerns, your doctor can consult with the physician from your Possibilities Assessment Team.

Yes. Almost all of our assessments, including those for ADHD and for Learning Disabilities, can be done over secure video sessions. In fact, before COVID-19, we were offering medical consultations, therapies, and most assessments through secure video sessions to individuals and families located outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Our medical doctors and allied health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, and speech-language pathologists are licensed to provide services anywhere in Ontario. Through secure video, we will continue to provide assessments, therapies, and medical services to individuals and families from Windsor to Thunder Bay, from London to Ottawa, and from all other regions within the province.

No. At the present time our physicians and allied health professionals are licensed to provide care in Ontario. However, some of our Specialized Tutoring Services for ADD/ADHD and Learning Disabilities can be provided across North America through secure video sessions. 

Costs depend on the specific assessment you are requesting. If costs for any service do not appear on assessment pages, please contact our Team at [email protected] or call 1-833-482-5558 for more information. Fees for assessments may be covered by private insurance plans. Post-secondary students seeking assessments may also apply for OSAP bursaries. 

It’s never too late to get help! We see people of ALL ages, especially for Attention Deficit Disorders, and that includes adults. And when we say adults, we don’t mean just young adults who are heading off to college or starting a career. We see 30 and 40 year-olds who are cycling through jobs without direction or living with countless DIY projects that have never been finished. We see 50 and 60 year-olds who are questioning whether they have ADD or ADHD for the very first time. And we see adults who are older than that, too. All the adults we work with are striving for better outcomes, believing it is never too late for new beginnings and a fresh outlook! 

We offer different services for different ages. Speak with our Team about what services may be right for you. You can reach us at [email protected] or call 1-833-482-5558.

At Possibilities we offer a comprehensive assessment for ADD and ADHD for children, teens, and adults. Attention Deficit Disorders are complicated. Often, other challenges go along with them. So we explore more than just focus. We do direct testing of attention, memory, and related cognitive skills over secure video sessions. We look at other issues, too, like anxiety, mood, and social and emotional functioning. For children, teens, and young adults in school, we also do a screening of academic abilities. Once the assessment is complete, our psychology team will match your needs to the right coaching or executive functioning interventions. Your official report can also be used to request school and workplace accommodations. Since the assessment team includes a physician with expertise in ADD/ADHD, medication can be started—in partnership with your family doctor—to ensure that a critical component of ADD or ADHD treatment is in place if you wish to explore this option. More information about our Focus Forward 360 Assessment appears here

The Possibilities Signature Assessment looks at all of these concerns—attention, learning, and mental health—because science shows these challenges often go together. Our medical and psychology experts are involved in the team assessment which includes clinical interviews, report card reviews, and direct testing. Given that the assessment is so comprehensive, we are able to make diagnoses like ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and related issues such as anxiety . Once any diagnoses have been made, you will meet with the doctor on the assessment team to explore medical treatment options. You will discuss additional treatments with an expert from psychology in a separate feedback session. You can read more about our Signature Assessment here.

Yes, but our psychoeducational testing is part of the Signature Assessment described above. Parents or schools requesting a Psychoeducational Assessment are typically wondering if a Learning Disability can explain problems in reading, writing, or math. Science says that learning difficulties often have other challenges that go along with them, like problems with attention. We do not want to miss any challenges that can limit learning, so we do not offer stand-alone Psychoeducational Assessments. Instead, we do full psychoeducational testing, but we add comprehensive attention testing, as well as an assessment of mental health in our Signature Assessment. A physician is also part of the assessment team.

You can think of our Signature Assessment this way:

Possibilities Signature Assessment EQUALS a Psychoeducational Assessment PLUS an ADD/ADHD Assessment PLUS an Assessment of Mental Health and Social Functioning done by a team with Psychology PLUS Medical experts

If you are interested in a Psychoeducational Assessment, ask about our Signature Assessment which has added investigations so other challenges do not get missed! More information about our Signature Assessment appears here.

Toddlers, children, and teens can have difficulty making friends for many reasons. Maybe there are attention problems that make it tough to follow conversations or control big emotions. Maybe there are language delays that make it difficult to express ideas or understand what peers and adults are saying. And maybe those factors can explain some of the difficulties your child is experiencing, but not all of them. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is complex and diagnosing it cannot be done quickly. Our team, including experts from psychiatry and psychology, takes a comprehensive look at more than just social functioning. We examine language skills, attention, and mental health, as well as motor functioning and sensory processing. Direct testing of your child or teen is also done using gold standard measures for assessing behaviours seen in autism. More information about our Comprehensive ASD Assessment appears here.

Tourette Syndrome is a condition where involuntary movements called tics are present. Tics may be challenging for a child or teen, but other challenges may be present that can make life difficult, too. For example, Attention Deficit Disorders—either ADD or ADHD—can occur along with Tourette Syndrome, and so can Learning Disabilities and mental health challenges like anxiety or obsessive compulsive behaviours. So it’s important to explore other challenges when assessing for Tourette Syndrome. Our team approach with experts from various disciplines, like psychiatry and psychology, ensures a 360 view of all your concerns. Clinical interviews, medical review of developmental and health history, ratings on standardized questionnaires, and direct testing of your child or teen provides a thorough investigation to support any diagnoses we make. More information about our Comprehensive Assessment for Tic Disorders/Tourette Syndrome appears here.

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