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Assessment

The purpose of an assessment is to evaluate brain functioning and mental health. It allows us to understand how a person is doing, to establish what the concerns are, to arrive at a diagnosis, and to guide treatment.

We offer three types of assessments:

  1. Neuropsychological assessment
  2. Psychoeducational assessment
  3. Psychological assessment

All three assessment types involve an interview, testing, rating scales, and observation. All assessments have the same basic structure and process:

Here is more information to help you decide what type of assessment may be appropriate. We would be happy to hear from you if you have any questions or if you need help deciding what to do.

Neuropsychological Assessment

This highly specialized assessment examines a wide variety of functional domains such as general intelligence, visual-spatial reasoning, problem solving, somatosensory functioning, motor functioning, language, attention, learning, memory, academic achievement, and executive functioning. We also evaluate mood, behaviour, social functioning, family functioning, and daily living skills. You probably have heard of a CT scan or an MRI. These give you a picture of how the brain looks. A neuropsychological assessment tells you how the brain works.

We frequently complete neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services (DCS), Mi'kmaw Family and Children's Services (MFCS), and Jordan's Principle. We also routinely provide independent neuropsychological evaluations (IME assessments) for the Worker's Compensation Board (WCB), Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), insurance companies, legal professionals, universities, and employers.

Our areas of specialty and expertise include:

Here are some common situations that a neuropsychological assessment can help with:

Psychoeducational Assessment

A psychoeducational assessment is intended for children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling in school or at work. The assessment involves a comprehensive examination of academic skills, general thinking skills, learning, and memory. We also evaluate emotional health, behaviour, social functioning, and family functioning, because difficulties in these areas can affect school or workplace performance. For school-aged children and youth, we also gather information directly from teachers. If requested, we will attend a school meeting to discuss the assessment results and to provide teaching recommendations.

Here are some common questions and scenarios that a psychoeducational assessment can help with:

Children and Youth

Adults

After the assessment is complete, you will learn the following about your child or about yourself:

Psychological Assessment

A psychological assessment examines whether someone has a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a personality disorder, or another condition.