Diagnostic, Psychological, Psychoeducational and Interdisciplinary Assessments:

Which one is right for me?

To begin any assessment, the psychologist will meet with the parents to discuss the child’s history and the parents’ concerns. The purpose of the first appointment is to obtain information about your concerns for your child and to determine what key questions you would like to have covered by the assessment.

Diagnostic Assessment is a psychological evaluation aimed at determining whether or not your child meets the diagnostic criteria for a developmental disorder, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. The psychologist will use various standardized tests for cognitive skills and adaptive functioning as well as looking for specific symptomology.

Psychological Assessment is a more broadly based psychological evaluation. The psychologist will look at a broader range of developmental disorders and psychological criteria in order to determine what, if any, issues a child has. A variety of standardized tests will be used.

Psychoeducational Assessment combines the psychological/diagnostic assessment with a particular focus on issues which can affect an academic environment, such as learning disorders or sensory issues. On diagnosis, the psychologist will be able to provide a letter which can be used as part of an Individual Education Plan with the school board.

Interdisciplinary Assessment combines the psychological/diagnostic assessment with an occupational, behavioural or speech/language assessment, using an associated specialist. The report and recommendations will be done jointly by the psychologist and the specialist.


What is the process?

The process depends on your child’s age and the extent of the assessment.

For children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years, we offer a streamlined assessment process. The psychologist meets with the child and parents for a 60-90 minute intake/testing appointment. Using gentle, play-based testing criteria and information provided by the parents, the psychologist evaluates the child. The parents then meet with the psychologist for a separate feedback appointment to go over the diagnosis (if any) and our recommendations. A diagnostic letter will be provided at the feedback appointment and a more detailed formal report will be completed 8-10 weeks after the feedback.

For children between the ages of 3 and 21, we book 4 or 5 appointments: a parent intake, two 2 hour testing sessions or three 60-90 minute testing sessions and a parent feedback. The testing arrangements depend on which psychologist the family is seeing. For older children, a separate feedback for the child and the psychologist may be requested. A diagnostic letter can be provided at the feedback appointment and a more detailed formal report will be completed 8-10 weeks after the feedback.

For adults (18 +), we book 4 or 5 appointments: an intake, two 2 hour testing sessions or three 60-90 minute testing sessions, and a feedback, depending on which psychologist is seen.  A diagnostic letter can be provided at the feedback appointment and a more detailed formal report will be completed 8-10 weeks after the feedback.

Psychoeducational assessments will sometimes require extra appointments or observation sessions. We will book the standard number of appointments at intake but may require additional sessions if needed.

Interdisciplinary assessments will require extra appointments with the chosen specialists. We will help your family to arrange and coordinate these appointments.


What are the costs and wait times?

The costs and wait times for an assessment vary depending on which of our psychologists you would like to see. Generally, the total cost for a streamlined assessment is between $ 1000 and $ 1300, depending on the complexity of the case. Assessments for older children and adults usually cost between $ 2000 and $ 2500, depending on complexity. An interdisciplinary assessment’s costs vary depending on the chosen specialist.

Please note that the costs cited above are general estimates only and are subject to change depending on individual circumstances.

Currently all of our psychologists have waitlists and are solidly booked through summer 2017.

How long does the assessment take?

We try to have a minimum of 1 week in between each appointment. This prevents any outside events (stress, illness, frustration) from unduly influencing the results and minimizes the stress on the child. There is usually a two or three week wait between the final testing session and the feedback, to give the psychologist time to review all of the testing data. The entire testing process takes around 6 to 8 weeks to complete, with another 8-10 week wait for the final report.


Who is available to do testing and who do I contact?

We have several psychologists available to do assessments:

  • Dr. Yolanda Korneluk, our chief psychologist and clinical director, offers services to children (1 to 18) and adults (18 +).
  • Dr. Jennifer Metcalf, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, working under Dr. Korneluk’s and Mary Champagne’s supervision. Jennifer offers services for adults (18+) and children (1 to 18) in both English and French.
  • Dr. Gillian Graham-Bevan, Dr. Graham-Bevan offers services to children ages 3 – 18.
  • Dr. Isabelle Lussier, Dr. Lussier offers services in English and French for children 3 – 17.
  • Dr. Lindsey Barrieau, Dr. Barrieau offers services to children ages 2 – 17.

For more information about Dr. Korneluk, Dr. Gillian Graham-Bevan, Dr. Isabelle Lussier, and Dr. Lindsey Barrieau, please contact their administrative assistant: Jennifer Mackintosh at 613-883-3716 or jmackintosh@emergingminds.ca.

For more information about Dr. Jennifer Metcalf, please contact her administrative assistant: Debbie Ladisa at 613-728-3808 or adminmetcalf@emergingminds.ca.