Diagnostic and Psychological Assessments
What types of psychological or diagnostic assessments does the Centre provide?
We provide neuro-developmental assessments for a variety of conditions including Autism Spectrum
Disorders (Asperger's Disorder/Autism), ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Social-Emotional difficulties.
Who should I contact for a psychological or diagnostic assessment?
In choosing the appropriate clinician to carry out an assessment, we consider the age
of the individual being assessed and the office closest to where they live. For assessment of children and youth in the Toronto
area, please contact Dr. Ellen Fantus or Dr. Gerald McFadden. For assessment of adults in Toronto, please contact Dr. Gerald McFadden. For assessment of children or adults in the London area, please contact Dr. Lillian Burke.
What does the diagnostic assessment involve?
When a person is referred for a psychological or diagnostic assessment, we look not only at
the specific characteristics of the disorder that is the main concern, but also at other possible alternative or concurrent
symptoms. We review history and current behaviours and concerns, as well as administer a variety of measures to determine
a diagnosis. Possible components of the assessment include:
a) Intellectual/Cognitive: assesses intellectual abilities; specifically, verbal and perceptual
b) Academic: provides information about
individual academic level overall, and grade equivalents in reading math, spelling and comprehension;
c) Memory and attention: examines ability to remember or recognize information in short- and long-term
memory, as well as working memory, and determines an individual's ability to attend;
d) Functional: assessment of functional abilities or daily living skills, with suggestions for areas
in need of development;
e) Executive Functioning: examines
ability to plan, initiate, organize activities and tasks, initiate and self-monitor, and regulate behaviour and emotion;
f) Mental Health: assessment of anxiety and depression relative to age-
and gender-matched peers, other mental health concerns, and emotional status;
Sensory Screen: to gather information around sensory seeking and avoiding behaviours and specific sensory
concerns (and may result in referral for an OT consultation);
assessing characteristics of specific neuro-developmental disorders such as Asperger's Disorder, Autistic Disorder, or ADHD.
Is there funding available for assessments?
not cover the cost of assessment; however, many private insurance plans cover all or part of the cost. If the person
requesting the assessment is a student at a College or University, and is receiving OSAP, they may qualify for a bursary to
cover the cost of assessment. If an assessment has been done by another practitioner in the recent past, that may reduce
the time and cost involved. This should be discussed with the Psychologist who is completing the assessment.
What does the cost of assessment cover?
cost of assessment covers the assessment appointments with the Psychologist in which clinical interviews take place and tests
and measures are completed. As well, the cost covers the completion of a written report and feedback to the person about
the findings. If the client requests additional forms or letters be completed following the assessment, there will be a fee
at the discretion of the assessor.
Does my physician have to refer
me for an assessment?
A referral from a physician is not required:
many individuals self-refer.
I feel I have Asperger Syndrome, but
do not have a professional diagnosis. Is a formal diagnosis required in order to receive other services at The Redpath
No, a formal diagnosis is not required in order to receive
services. However, it may be helpful to have a formal assessment in the future in order to inform the therapeutic work.