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 youth (16+) and adults in the Toronto area, please contact Kevin Reinhardt, Psychological Associate or Dr. Vicki Nolan, Psychologist. For Assessment of children, youth or adults in
London or Walkerton, please contact our Clinical Affiliate Dr. Karen Baker. Only our Psychologists and our Psychological Associate can provide a diagnostic opinion.
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:
assesses intellectual abilities; specifically, verbal and perceptual processing abilities;
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;
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?
The 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.
my physician have to refer me for an assessment?
A referral from
a physician is not required: many individuals self-refer.
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 Centre?
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.