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Assessments at Creative Sky Psychology

Calgary Child, Teen and emerging Adult Psychology and Assessments

What Are The Benefits of Completing an Assessment? 

  • Determining an individual’s unique learning strengths. 

  • Learning more about a student’s current functioning related to cognition, academics, and socio-emotional functioning.

  • Learning if a student may meet the criteria for a diagnosis such as: Autism, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Intellectual Developmental Disorders, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

  • Individualized recommendations, including for school, university, or post-secondary accommodations, as well as applying for additional support such as FSCD funding.

Assessments at Creative Sky Psychology

  • Our assessment team is focused on providing strength-based assessments with individualized strategies and recommendations. 

  • An assessment is a comprehensive process that focuses on understanding each child and family’s individual needs.  The assessment team works with families at a pace that feels right for them.

  • Prior to completing an assessment, we recommend reaching out to our assessment team to determine if our practice is the best fit for your family and to answer your questions about the assessment process.

What type of Assessments are offered at Creative Sky Psychology? 

 

Psychoeducational Assessments

Our psychoeducational assessments are highly individualized. A psychoeducational assessment examines some or all of the following areas depending on your child’s needs: 

  • Understanding your child’s cognitive profile - For example are they a verbal or visual learner? Do they process information similarly to their other children their age? How much information are they able to remember at once? How quickly do they process information?

  • Understanding your child’s academic profile - Where is their reading, writing and mathematics compared to other children their same age? What are the particular areas in reading, writing and math that they are struggling with? What are their academic strengths? 

  • What are your child’s strengths within the educational environment? Do you or your child’s teacher have concerns related to attention and focus? What does their executive functioning look like? 

  • Behaviour looks different for all children. Some students may display more externalizing behaviour such as acting before thinking, interrupting conversations, or increased emotional dysregulation. Some students may show internalizing behaviour such as withdrawing, sadness, anxiety and worry. 

  • What factors may be impacting behaviour for your child? An assessment can help what factors are contributing to behaviour and understand more about the underlying causes of the behaviour that parents and teachers see at home and in the classroom.

 

Below is a typical example of our Psychoeducational Assessment process.
Every assessment at Creative Sky Psychology is tailored to meet individual needs. 
Your clinician will work with you to design a customized plan. 

1. Intake session

a) Discussing informed consent

b) Reviewing assessment process

c) Gathering historical and current information

d) Determining what questions we are hoping to answer through an assessment

2. Standardized Testing

a) Cognitive Testing

b) General academic assessment (i.e., reading, writing, mathematics)

c) Followed by more in-depth investigation into the particular areas within academics that are strengths and areas of impact (e.g., phonological awareness, orthographic processing, grapho-motor processing, executive functioning skills) 

3. Socio-emotional Functioning

May include rating scales, phone consultations, observations, clinical interviews 

4. Assessment Report

We focus on creating a thorough, strength-based and personalized assessment report that provides evidence-based recommendations and strategies. 

5. Feedback Session

Reviewing results and strategies within the report and collaboratively discussing how to implement and prioritize strategies

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessments

Creative Sky Psychology conducts ASD assessments using the recommended, gold standard measures. Additional observations are often a part of the assessment if needed. As part of the assessment, additional clinical measures may be given to determine if comorbid symptoms are impacting the individual, as well as adaptive or cognitive functioning when needed. ASD assessments are completed in a very thorough manner at Creative Sky Psychology and may include the following measures.

 

  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2). The ADOS-2 is a semi structured assessment and observation of an individuals social communication, interaction style,  and imaginative skills. Activities that are introduced as part of the assessment vary according to an individual's language level and age. Parents are often present for this assessment with young children.  

  • Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R). The ADI-R is a detailed clinical interview that gathers historical and current information related to development and the DSM-V diagnostic criteria. This interview typically lasts 2 to 3 hours. 

  • The NEPSY-II. - The NEPSY-II is a neuropsychological assessment that is used to further investigate areas of impact that individuals with ASD may experience including language, executive functioning, memory and learning, social perception, visuospatial processing, and sensorimotor abilities. 

  • Questionnaires – Additional information is often obtained from teachers and parents on specific areas of challenge. Areas measured may include Sensory Processing, Executive Functioning, Adaptive Functioning, and additional clinical measures depending on presenting concerns. 

 

Below is a typical example of our Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment process.

Our practitioners that complete autism assessments have extensive training and experience in capturing the subtle variances of autism. Clinicians are trained in gold-standard assessment measures but also incorporate structured clinical interviews, observations, various rating scales, and gather information from multiple perspectives. An assessment can support applications for additional services such as FSCD and PUF. 

1. Intake session

a) Discussing informed consent

b) Reviewing assessment process

c) Gathering historical and current information

d) Determining what questions we are hoping to answer through an assessment

2. Classroom Observation

This is dependent upon parents and school comfortability and if both parties provide consent for the psychologist to complete a classroom observation.

3. Standardized Testing

a) We use an in depth interview with parents/caregivers called the Autism Diagnostic Schedule - Revised (ADI-R) that helps us gather more information about a child’s development, communication, and play. 

b) The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2) is a standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, and imaginative usage of materials. 

c) Cognitive Assessment  - This is not a required part of an assessment relating to neurodiversity or developmental concerns, but it can be helpful to get a better understanding of how someone learns and processes information best, and can also allow us to make individualized suggestions for supporting any areas in which they may have difficulty.

 

4. Socio-emotional Functioning

 May include rating scales/questionnaires, phone consultations, observations, clinical interviews. This helps us evaluate commonly expressed concerns related to attention regulation, anxiety, and executive functioning. 

5. Report Writing

We focus on creating a thorough, strength-based, personalized, neuro-diversity affirming assessment report that provides evidence-based recommendations and strategies. 

6. Feedback Session

Reviewing results and strategies within the report and collaboratively discussing how to implement and prioritize strategies.

Creative Sky Psychology

Our team of child, teen and adult psychologists are located in Calgary, Alberta. We support children, teens and adults with ADHD, ASD, Anxiety, OCD, and Depression. We provide assessments for individuals of all ages at Creative Sky Psychology. Our Assessment Psychologists provides both psychoeducational and autism assessments. Our Psychologists support individuals from a strength-based model and provide unique coping strategies. Please call for an initial consultation or book online.

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