Regional Assessment and Resource Centre

Regional Assessment and Resource Centre

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STEPS: Psychoeducational Assessment

Students who fit the specific criteria for the STEPS Program will receive a psychoeducational assessment, except if they have had an assessment in the past two years. The cost is $2000 and flexible payment plans are available.  Please see Financial Contract below. 

What is involved in the assessment?

  1. Intake Interview and Consent (1-2 hours during first testing session)

    • To obtain informed consent by explaining the nature of the assessment, expected benefits and associated risks
    • To provide the clinician an opportunity to clarify items from the background questionnaire
    • To give the child and parent a chance to ask questions before testing
    • To put the child at ease before testing
  2. Testing (3-4 separate, 3 hour sessions)

    • To examine the child's ability to do things that require very specific skills so we can better isolate the problems
  3. Feedback (1 hour)

    • To share assessment results with parent and child
    • To talk about realistic and practical recommendations
    • To ensure the child understands his or her own learning profile
    • To give parent and child the opportunity to ask questions

What does the testing involve?

There is a huge variety in the test activities. We might ask the child to copy designs, repeat made-up words, solve math problems, remember a list, write a story and define words. When we interpret the results of the tests we take into account test behavior (level of distractibility, effort, anxiety), the child's general response style (impulsive, careful and slow, hesitant), and current stressors (family issues, problems at school). When formulating a diagnosis we take into account the child's learning and school history including grades, early development, and past assessment results. We put all these together to try to understand the child as fully as possible, in order to make the most sensible recommendations and form a clear diagnosis, if needed.

STEPS Financial Contract