Psychoeducational Assessment & Testing

If you or your child is struggling at school, a Learning Disability might be the reason. How do you know for sure? A Psychoeducational Assessment from the Possibilities Clinic 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.
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.
But what if that’s not the case? If you’ve decided to obtain a private assessment, how do you decide where to go and what type of assessment to pursue?
What is a Psychoeducational Assessment?
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.
What professionals are qualified to offer a Psychoeducational Assessment?
In Ontario, Psychoeducational Assessments for Learning Disabilities and/or Giftedness 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.
How are your Psychoeducational Assessments different than others?
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, OCD and Tourette Syndrome.
We can also help to untangle whether ADD, ADHD or mental health concerns are also present in Giftedness. 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 our Care Coordinators whether this Telemedicine Signature Assessment is right for you.
If I’m concerned about a Learning Disability, why bother doing a comprehensive examination of everything else?
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.
At what age should I consider obtaining a Psychoeducational Assessment for either myself or my child?
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 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.
Can anything be done for Learning Disabilities other than accommodations and support?
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!”
How much does a Psychoeducational Assessment cost?
The cost for the Signature Assessment is $4500. 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, our Comprehensive Multidisciplinary ADD/ADHD and Mental Health Assessment is $1750.
How does the comprehensive Signature Assessment or Telemedicine Signature Assessment work?

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. Testing: Next, a psychometrist, psychologist or psychological associate, will test over a series of sessions. There are approximately 8 hours of direct testing in total.
3. 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. Our experts will also devise the next steps in a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan.
4. Psychology Feedback: When the report is complete, you will meet with a member of the psychology team to discuss the results of testing. You will be provided with a written report that can be shared with schools for support and accommodations. You will also have an opportunity to discuss the recommended treatment plan.
5. 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.
6. Treatments and follow-up with a Clinical Strategist: At Possibilities we offer only scientifically-based treatments and interventions. As part of our commitment, we monitor progress to make sure we are on the right track. After 10 non-medical treatment sessions, you will receive a complimentary one-hour meeting with a Clinical Strategist who will review progress and help plan your next steps. Treatment sessions are not included in the cost of the assessment.

Do I need a doctor’s referral in order to start the assessment?

Yes. Since a specialized physician is involved in all of our assessments, a doctor’s referral is required. If you are unable to access your family doctor or paediatrician during COVID-19, please contact our office for possible options.

What do I need to do to get started in order to book a Signature Assessment or a Telemedicine Signature Assessment?

Fill out the intake forms on our website at https://possibilitiesclinic.com/age-3-17/  for children and https://possibilitiesclinic.com/age-18/ for adults. Once we have this form and the physician referral, our Coordinator will call you to set up an appointment. For any questions, email us at info@possibilitiesclinic.com or call 1-833-482-5558 to speak to a Care Coordinator.