Listed below are a number of urgent supports in the community, should these resources be of interest.
November 16, 2020
Please be advised that at this time the Child & Youth Development Clinic is no longer able to accept referrals for Psychoeducational assessments and specific assessment inquiries for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Physical distancing restrictions and increased assessment demands have made it necessary to implement this change.
We are still offering intervention and counselling services and accepting referrals for this type of support. In the new year, a range of workshops will also be offered to our community to support learning differences in children and youth. Please continue to check the website for updates going forward. We appreciate your understanding.
We provide a range of specific assessment services designed to understand a child or youth’s skills in a variety of areas (e.g., intellectual, learning and achievement, attention, social-emotional, behavioural functioning).
Screening and Specific Assessment Services
Cognitive and academic screening assessments ($500)
Our cognitive and academic screening program offers brief assessment for younger children (age 5-7) to better understand their learning profile, including reading and math skills, cognitive processes important for learning, and processing skills that support academic achievement. These assessments provide a “snapshot” of where a child is at, and may lead to recommendations to help at school and home. No diagnosis is provided through this assessment pathway.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments ($500)
Do you have concerns with your child or youth’s ability to focus, resist distractions, stick to boring or difficult tasks, stay organized and “put together”, and keep track of their belongings? Is your child or youth constantly moving, super talkative, or always jumping from one thing to another? Does your child or youth often “act without thinking”, have difficulty planning ahead, or not seem to learn from consequences? Do these kinds of struggles make life more stressful at home, school, and in the community? As part of this service, we use interviews, questionnaires, observations and record review to determine if your child might have ADHD. We can also look at ADHD as part of a learning assessment.
Learning / Psychoeducational Assessments
Learning/ Psychoeducational Assessments ($1500)
Does something seem to be getting in the way of your child being successful at school? Are you concerned about your child or youth’s reading, writing, math, or learning skills and work habits? Do you want to understand your child or youth’s “learning profile”? We conduct psychoeducational assessments that look specifically at children’s learning and skill processes that are important for academic achievement. This process often includes intellectual assessment, academic assessment (reading, writing, and math), questionnaires, observations, and contact with your child’s school. These assessments may lead to a diagnosis such as a learning disability (which could include dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and executive functioning difficulties), language disorder, and/or ADHD. The results from these assessments may be used to help inform supports at school and in the community (e.g., Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child).
Complex and Developmental Assessments
Complex assessments ($1800)
We conduct complex assessments when there are multiple questions about a child or youth’s learning/development, as well as significant behavioural or emotional concerns. These assessments are intended to clarify your child’s strengths and difficulties, as well as to help sort through multiple issues or diagnoses.
Developmental assessments ($1800)
Are you concerned about your child’s development in multiple areas, such as understanding others, expressing themselves, getting along with others, being independent at home and school, learning, and understanding ideas and concepts such as time, money, and safety rules? We provide developmental assessments that consider children’s overall development and intellectual functioning as well as their daily living skills. As part of this service, we conduct assessments or re-assessments of suspected or previously diagnosed intellectual disability, including “MID” (mild intellectual disability), “DD” (developmental disability), and “GDD” (global developmental delay).
Individual Intervention and Treatment
We provide a range of intervention and treatment services designed to support a child/youth and/or families in a variety of areas (e.g., anxiety; mental health and well-being; adjustment and loss). Information on group specific treatment services for children, youth and parents/caregivers will be posted on our Events page with various groups and workshops being offered throughout the year.
Individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for anxiety ($100 per session)
Does your child or youth have anxiety about specific issues or situations, such as needles, vomiting, going to school, making presentations, trying new situations, or speaking with other kids? Maybe your child or youth experiences worry thoughts or uncomfortable feelings in their body like headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, or feelings of panic. In this service, we help your child or youth learn to “face their fears” and develop bravery skills to tackle particular challenges. This service is appropriate for clients who may have diagnoses such as specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and selective mutism. We also provide exposure and response prevention for clients with diagnosed or suspected obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Self-regulation coaching for emotional and behavioural difficulties ($100 per session)
Does your child or youth have “big feelings” or “big behaviours”? You might describe your child or youth as a “super feeler” or “highly sensitive”, or as having “leaky brakes” or self-regulation difficulties. In this service, we help parents and caregivers develop a better understanding of their child or youth’s struggles and sensitivities, and to develop “emotion coaching” skills to help their children and youth calm down, express their feelings, and learn to problem solve.
Individual supportive therapy for children and adolescents ($100 per session)
Is your child or youth going through a difficult time due to a recent loss, change, or difficult experience? In this service, we work with children, youth and parents and caregivers from a variety of therapeutic approaches (e.g., solution focused; cognitive-behavioural therapy; acceptance and commitment therapy) to better understand and manage their thoughts, feelings, and/or reactions about their situation. We provide a supportive, therapeutic process to help guide them in sharing their challenges and gain the confidence and skills they need to manage their well-being.
Academic intervention or 1-1 tutoring sessions ($100 per session)
At different times of the year, we offer individual academic intervention such as reading, spelling, or study skills group support, as well as 1-1 support for reading, writing, math, spelling, or organizational/executive functioning challenges at school.
Consultation & Brief Services
We provide services designed for parents/caregivers looking to consult with our clinical team or looking for support in implementing strategies or navigating resources for their child/youth.
Brief parent consultation or service coordination (1-3 sessions based on complexity; $100 per session)
Do you have specific questions about your child’s development and need answers? Perhaps there is a specific behaviour or challenge and you want to talk it through with an understanding professional. Are you looking for further strategies, services, or next steps, or feeling like you still are “missing something”? Or maybe your child has recently gotten a diagnosis such as a Learning Disability, ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder and you are wondering about next steps or services in the community. We offer brief, targeted consultation to parents to address particular questions, problems, or to help link your family to relevant community services.
Services Not Available
Services we do not offer. At the current time, we do not offer:
- Specific assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), although in some instances, ASD may be assessed as part of a complex assessment process
- Therapy for children or teens who are exhibiting significant distress and impact due to trauma or attachment disruption
- Therapy for children or teens with significant acting out behaviours (such as conduct disorder)
- Therapy for children or teens with eating disorders
- Therapy for children or teens who are abusing substances
- Therapy with children or teens with suspected or diagnosed psychosis
- Family therapy
- Therapy for children or teens in crisis or with significant mood disorders (e.g., severe depression) or significant suicidal behaviours
However, we are constantly expanding our services and working with our community partners to meet the needs of the community. Please check back for new services in the future.