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
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 they live closest
to. For assessment of youth (ages 13 to 20) in the Toronto area, please contact Dr. Ellen Fantus and for assessment of children (ages 12 and under) please contact Dr. Thomas Rhee. For Assessment of Children, youth or adults in London or Walkerton, please contact our Clinical Affiliate Dr. Karen Baker.
What does the diagnostic assessment
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 processing abilities;
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;
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;
g) Sensory Screen: to gather information around sensory seeking and avoiding
behaviours and specific sensory concerns (and may result in referral for an OT consultation);
h) Disorder-specific: assessing characteristics of specific neuro-developmental disorders such as
Asperger's Disorder, Autistic Disorder, or ADHD.
Is there funding available for assessments?
OHIP does 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.