PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS

04For children below the age of 16, Dr. Illsley performs psychological assessments. A psychological or psycho-educational assessment typically takes 8-12 hours (depending on the age of the child and the referral question) and occurs across several appointments. It generally includes:

  • a review of previous evaluation reports, academic and medical records
  • a parent interview
  • a client observation and interview, and
  • the completion of particular tasks or questionnaires and their scoring, and
  • the writing of a formal report detailing the findings of the assessment. Many of the evaluation measures used are standardized (meaning they are given in the same manner every time) which allows for the comparison of your child’s functioning relative to other same-age children and youth.

Psychological assessments are useful for diagnosing specific psychological problems and frequently used to determine an individual’s intellectual functioning or IQ, recognize learning disabilities, identify differences in development, or evaluate the severity of problems such as depression or anxiety. They are also used in identifying individual’s areas of strength and weakness; knowledge of which can aid in generating recommendations regarding treatment planning and adapting home and school environments to better match your child’s individual needs.

Results of assessments are shared with parents, (and when appropriate, with the child) both verbally and in the form of a written report. When school functioning is an area of concern or your child is involved with other professionals, it is recommended that the results be passed on to these individuals. Dr. Illsley also suggests meeting with them to explain the assessment results and to help identify the most effective ways of working with your child.

Dr. Illsley also performs private (non-BCAAN) diagnostic assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD and acts at the Qualified Specialist (QS). These assessments vary depending on the age of the child (i.e., over or under 6 years of age).

For children under 6 the ASD assessment includes:

  • an intake, file review and developmental history of your child
  • collaboration with community-based pediatrician and speech-language pathologist regarding your child’s presentation (these 2 other assessments can occur concurrently or previously and Dr. Illsley can arrange for you to be put in contact with a pediatrician or speech pathologist to perform the assessments should you need this)
  • an estimate of cognitive/developmental level using standardized instruments
  • an estimate of adaptive functioning using standardized instruments
  • the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADIR)
  • the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Schedule (ADOS)
  • feedback session with parents, written report with recommendations and completion of forms required for MCFD funding
  • Dr. Illsley’s assessment usually takes 8-10 hours in total across 4 appointments

For children over 6 the assessment includes:

  • an intake, file review and developmental history of your child collaboration with community professionals
  • the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADIR) (with parents)
  • the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Schedule (ADOS) (with child)
  • when necessary (optional) an estimate of cognitive, academic and adaptive functioning using standardized instruments
  • feedback session with parents, written report with recommendations and completion of forms required for MCFD funding
  • Dr. Illsley assessment usually takes 8-10 hours in total across 3 appointments (additional cognitive or academic testing would be charged by the hour)