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 Disorder (Asperger’s Disorder/Autism), ADHD, Learning Disorders, Fetal Alchol Spectrum Disorders, (FASD) and Social-Emotional difficulties. We carry out assessments for children, youth and adults.
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 18) 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, Psychologist or Dr. Vicki Nolan, Psychologist. For Assessment of children, youth or adults in the Grey Bruce Region, please contact our Clinical Affiliate, Dr. Karen Baker. Only our Psychologists can provide a diagnostic opinion about the presence of a condition such as autism.
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:
- Intellectual/Cognitive: assesses intellectual abilities; specifically, verbal and perceptual processing abilities;
- Academic: provides information about individual academic level overall, and grade equivalents in reading math, spelling and comprehension;
- 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;
- Functional: assessment of functional abilities or daily living skills, with suggestions for areas in need of development;
- 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;
- Sensory Screen: to gather information around sensory seeking and avoiding behaviours and specific sensory concerns (and may result in referral for an OT consultation);
- 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, and their supports, about the findings. If the client requests additional forms or letters be completed following the assessment, there may be an additional 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/autism, but do not have a professional diagnosis. Is a formal diagnosis required to receive 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 with us.