PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT WITH QEEG BRAIN MAP
Do you worry that your child may have a learning disability, ADD/ADHD or an intellectual delay? Are they having difficulty at school? Would they benefit from accomodation? Do you think they may be depressed or anxious?
A psychoeducational assessment is an in-depth, systematic investigation of strengths and weaknesses in various areas such as cognitive, intellectual, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning. This type of assessment is primarily helping parents and the school understand what may be causing a child difficulties in the school environment, such as whether there is an attentional or learning problem, anxiety, or any other factors. Our psychoeducational assessments are unique in that every assessment includes a QEEG brain map, which is an in-depth analysis of the cortical activity in your child’s brain. Together the psychological testing with the QEEG help our psychologists understand the root cause of your child’s symptoms. The results of the overall psychoeducational assessment will help school-based teams develop educational programs and additional support in order to improve a school-grade individual’s level of educational success. It also can be helpful if your child demonstrates multiple symptoms (e.g., anxiety, attention difficulties, problems listening and following instructions) and you want to understand the root cause so you can choose the best treatment.
How it works: Before we get to know the inner-workings of your child’s brain, we want to personally get to know you and your child! The first step is having you meet with one of our psychologists – it’s a bit like an interview. Typically, the psychologist will spend 60-90 minutes, some of which your child is present, and the remaining with you (the parents). Following this (in the same day or on another day), we book the cognitive, achievement and attention testing. This testing takes approximately four hours and we usually break it up into two sessions so that your child does not fatigue, which can affect the test results.
We then schedule your child to come back for an hour QEEG brain map (an assessment of their brainwaves). We simply place a cap with sensors on your child’s head, which is connected to a computer that reads the electrical signals in the brain. Brain mapping helps us understand exactly what is occurring in the brain and together with the cognitive testing, can help us understand the cause of your child’s difficulties. The QEEG is non-invasive and doesn’t hurt – it looks very similar to an electrocardiogram (ECG) for your heart.
You then come back in approximately four to six weeks for the feedback with the psychologist. They will review the results of the assessment, explain any diagnoses, and provide detailed recommendations for you, your child, the school and treatment/training options.
The clinical psychologists in our clinic offer a variety of assessments, including psychodiagnostic, trauma/PTSD, psychoeducational, medical-legal, return-to-work, and MVA assessments. Assessments can be offered by an individual psychologist or offered as a multidisciplinary team (such as with psychoeducational assessments). Our clinic stands apart from other assessment clinics because we offer integrated QEEG data for all of our psychological assessments. This allows the assessing clinician to integrate data from the client’s report, objective psychological testing, as well as EEG information, providing detailed conclusions regarding diagnoses and treatment options. If you want to know more information about the benefits of a comprehensive psychological assessment, the process, and the associated fees, feel free to contact the clinic.