Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours are needed to complete an Autism assessment?
These assessments vary from one child to the next and included detailed investigations into the child's strengths, challenges, and diagnostic presentation. On average, direct testing time can take anywhere from 6 to 10+ hours, depending on the nature of the presenting problem. Non-direct time, which includes scoring, interpretation, and writing, typically ranges from 8 to 12 hours.
What do ADHD assessments involve?
I am always mindful of collecting only information necessary to inform any diagnostic question. In order to assess ADHD on its own, I would direct most caregivers to discuss their concerns with their child's pediatrician. Depending on the situation, these professionals may be able to provide guidance around a possible diagnosis. If you are interested in better understanding your child's strengths, challenges, and areas for growth in the context of a possible ADHD diagnosis, a full psycho-educational assessment would likely be of more value. This may include intellectual, learning, behavioral, and emotion-based testing and interpretation.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Unfortunately we do not have capacity at this time to offer this option. You are encouraged to look into your personal health care coverage for psychology services. Alternatively, publicly funded services are available through Alberta Health Services and in some cases, local school boards for which your child is attending.