Our Signature Assessment: A Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessment of Learning, Attention, and Mental Health from a Multi-expert Team

If you or your child is struggling at school, a Learning Disability might be the reason. How do you know for sure? A comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessment from the Possibilities Clinic—called a Signature Assessment—can help you figure that out. Our Telemedicine Assessment services extend from Toronto to Ottawa, Hamilton to London, Oakville to Kingston, Oshawa to Thunder Bay, Kitchener-Waterloo to Windsor, and any other location in Ontario! So you can access our comprehensive Signature Assessment—and our multi-expert team that examines learning, attention, and mental health as part of the assessment—without coming to our central office in Toronto.
 

Here are questions we are asked often about our Psychoeducational Assessment, called a Signature Assessment, along with our answers.

When you or your child is struggling at school, our Signature Assessment can help you figure out why. Our assessment involves a team of experts—from medicine and psychology—and is comprehensive, examining learning, attention, and mental health. Data we collect might indicate a Learning Disability, ADHD, other concerns like anxiety—or a combination of difficulties. Once we find answers, we can create a scientifically supported Treatment Plan to build skills and support success. A Learning Disability diagnosis can also help you secure support and accommodations at school.

People with learning differences share a common story; they are bright and curious, but they aren’t doing as well as expected academically. A Psychoeducational Assessment looks for the underlying cause. It examines brain functioning in many areas: memory, processing speed, academic abilities, visual and verbal problem-solving skills, and expression of ideas. Once strengths and problem areas are identified, our team can recommend targeted and scientifically supported treatments.

In Ontario, Psychoeducational Assessments for Learning Disabilities must be overseen by a neuropsychologist, clinical psychologist, school psychologist, or psychological associate. At Possibilities, we have psychologists in all these specialty areas to match your needs. We provide assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. French psychoeducational services are available for children and adolescents.

Yes, if your school board hires licensed psychologists or psychological associates who provide assessments in schools, then you may be able to access testing this way. As a first step, we recommend that you request a Psychoeducational Assessment through your school. If you’re fortunate, you’ll be able to obtain an assessment at the school in a quick and timely manner. If that is not the case, you may wish to pursue a private assessment.

At Possibilities, we approach Psychoeducational Assessments and Learning Disability assessments from a unique team perspective. That means we involve both psychology and medical experts in every single Learning Disability assessment that we do. A team approach—where MD expertise is added to psychology—makes our assessments of Learning Disabilities unique. Beyond cognitive and learning issues that are typically the focus of Psychoeducational Assessments, our team expertise allows for a comprehensive examination of a full range of abilities—from Attention Deficit Disorders like ADD and ADHD to mental health concerns like anxiety, depression and Tourette Syndrome.
 
Since we examine learning in a much broader context with added medical expertise, we do not call our offerings “Psych-ed” or “Psychoeducational” Assessments. We call them Signature Assessments. Think of what we offer as Psych-Ed/MD Assessments—a combination of psychology and medical expertise to ensure that nothing gets missed. Another unique feature of our Signature Assessments is that we offer them from the safety and comfort of your home through secure video connection. Ask us whether this Telemedicine Signature Assessment is right for you.

Learning differences rarely appear alone. If a Learning Disability such as Dyslexia exists, there is a very high chance that ADD or ADHD is also in the mix. And when ADD or ADHD is present, mental health challenges, like anxiety, might be in the mix, too. Strategies focused only on learning won’t be that effective if attention and mental health issues are also present and not addressed. Medical and psychological treatments may be necessary—in addition to educational interventions for learning difficulties—to ensure wellness in a full range of functioning.

Research shows that early assessment and treatment result in better learning and mental health outcomes. If you have concerns about your child’s learning at the end of Grade 1 and into Grade 2, consider a psychoeducational assessment at that time. Research shows that evidence-based treatments can help your child overcome Dyslexia when delivered early.
 
However, it’s never too late! Interventions for learning challenges continue to be effective in high school, university, and into adulthood.
Yes! Amazing change can happen with the right treatment at the right time. But recommendations can’t be general or vague. Recommendations must be targeted, specific, personalized, and supported by science. At Possibilities, everything we do is data driven, from the results we receive from your Signature Assessment to what brain science tells us will improve skills.
 
Accommodations work around challenges, but evidence-based treatments can change the brain in fundamental ways. We’ll make recommendations for accommodations because they will always be important and helpful. But evidence-based treatments exist that can change brain circuits in remarkable ways and we offer these treatments at Possibilities.
 
With the right treatment at the right time, brains with Dyslexia can become reading brains; we’ve seen it at Possibilities in countless clients. Parents often say it’s a miracle but we say, “it’s neuroscience!”
 
For example, we offer Rewire 4 Reading, a program with lots of support showing atypical brain circuits in Dyslexia can be changed to produce stronger reading skills.

Our team approach involves multiple experts and several sessions. Here is a roadmap:

  1. Medical Intake: You’ll meet with the physician to discuss concerns, share relevant background information, and review medical history. This initial appointment also helps us make sure our services are right for you, matching your needs to the types of assessments we offer.
  2. Psychology Consent Review: You will meet with a psychologist or psychological associate who will explain the next steps, and review consent for testing. 
  3. Testing: Next, a psychometrist will test over a series of sessions. There are approximately 8 hours of direct testing in total. The psychologist or psychological associate will also be involved in the testing.
  4. Team Meeting to review results: Before we meet with you for feedback, the clinicians involved in the assessment will meet to examine test results and discuss diagnoses. They will also devise the next steps in a personalized, evidence-based Treatment Plan. 
  5. Psychology Feedback: Next you’ll meet with a member of the psychology team to discuss the results of testing and the recommended Treatment Plan.
  6. Physician Feedback: Our physician will meet with you following the assessment to discuss medication options if applicable. If you decide to proceed with medications, the physician will work with your family doctor or pediatrician to find the right treatment.
  7. Assessment Report: You’ll receive a written report signed by your Assessment Team that can be shared with school/work for support and accommodations.

After the assessment, share the report with the school—or an employer if you choose—to help secure support and accommodations. If you choose to try non-medical treatments through the clinic, like Rewire 4 Reading or ADHD Coaching for kids, teens, or adults, please contact us.

The cost for the Signature Assessment is $4500. For students receiving schooling in French there is an additional fee for French testing. The cost may be covered by private insurance plans. If you are a post-secondary student, you may be eligible for an OSAP bursary that covers assessment costs. If you do not require full psychoeducational testing, and would like to focus the assessment on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, consider our Focus Forward 360.

No! Our assessments are available throughout Ontario over secure video. We conduct direct testing for the Signature Assessment over the internet, as well as all interview sessions with clinicians. If you have a computer and a high-speed internet connection, all appointments and testing can be done from the comfort of your home. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all assessment and therapy sessions offered at the clinic are being conducted through secure video sessions. For your convenience, no matter where you live in Ontario, we will continue to offer video sessions for our Signature Assessment service even after the threat of the pandemic has subsided.

At this time, all of our clinicians are licensed to see people in Ontario only. Therefore, you must be physically present in Ontario, even for our virtual appointments, in order to be eligible for this option. We may be able to change this arrangement in the future, so stay tuned!

Yes. Specialized physicians are involved in all of our team Signature Assessments, so a doctor’s referral is required. If you are not seeking an assessment of attention, but wish to proceed directly with therapy or coaching, a doctor’s referral is not required.

Please fill 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 info@possibilitiesclinic.com or call 1-833-482-5558.

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