LDAY provides referrals to various qualified specialists who conduct assessments. There are two main types of assessments that LDAY provides referrals for: psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments. Another type of specialized assessment is a speech language assessment. Below we’ll describe each type of assessment.
It is important to remember that an assessment is a tool to help us succeed in life. An assessment is not a test, exam, or anything like that. An assessment is a resource of information about how we learn and what we can do to achieve our full potential.
If you require an assessment for any reason please contact us at LDAY. We can make referrals to qualified specialists and also provide support through the assessment process (before, during, and after).
LDAY hosts quarterly assessment clinics with qualified specialists. To inquire about these clinics please contact our office or 867-668-5167.
The cost of assessments range from $1,500 to $3,200. LDAY may be able to assist with finding and securing funding for an assessment.
What is a Psycho-Educational Assessment?
A psycho-educational assessment is made up of two types of testing: psychological assessment and educational assessment. A psycho-educational assessment is helpful in examining a number of factors that might influence academic performance. Testing may lead to a diagnosis of a learning disability or attention deficit.
A psycho-educational assessment involves a comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s school potential and functioning. This generally includes the following:
- Overall intellectual functioning, including both verbal and non-verbal problem solving;
- An examination of a variety of processes involved in learning, such as phonological processing, memory and attention, processing speed, language processing, perceptual-motor processing, visual-spatial processing, and executive functions;
- A thorough assessment of academic skills, including reading, spelling, written expression, comprehension, and mathematics.
In addition to administering standardized measures to the examinee, a comprehensive psycho-educational assessment involves gathering information from multiple sources using various methods, including:
- Self-report measures that are completed by parents, teachers, partners, and examinees in order to assess psychosocial functioning, executive functioning, attention, and/or personality;
- Clinical interviews;
- Behavioural observations;
- Review of school records (e.g., report cards and any Individual Education Plans);
- Review of previous assessment reports (e.g., educational assessment reports, speech and language assessment reports, occupational assessment reports, and past psycho-educational assessment reports.)
What is a Neuro-psychological Assessment?
Neuropsychological assessments give an overall picture of how a client’s brain functions, and the results of such assessments can facilitate treatment or rehabilitation programs.
Neuropsychological assessments are often recommended if:
- A person has a disease that can affect the brain, such as: Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia, brain tumour, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke;
- A person has an injury that may have affected her or his brain, such as a concussion or a more serious brain injury;
- A person has a history of drug or alcohol abuse that may have affected her or his brain. A person has been exposed to poisons, chemicals, or pollution that can cause brain damage;
- A person has problems in school or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
During a neuropsychological assessment, various neuropsychological tests are administered. Most of the tests involve answering questions or performing tasks. The different neuropsychological tests are designed to assess brain functions and include:
- Tests for reasoning, planning, and organizing skills (e.g., executive functions);
- Tests for attention span and memory;
- Tests for language and speech skills;
- Tests of academic skills, such as reading, writing, spelling, and math skills.
What is a Speech-Language Assessment?
Speech-language assessments are performed by Speech-Language Pathologists. Speech-Language Pathologist provides a variety of services to both children and adults. These services include assessment and treatment of various conditions.
A Speech-Language Assessment generally involves the following areas:
- Assessment of language disorders;
- Assessment of cognitive communication disorders;
- Assessment of speech disorders; Assessment of swallowing disorders.
A recommendation for a speech-language assessment may come from: a teacher, concerned parent, doctor, daycare etc. If you have any concerns with your or a child’s speech and language abilities, please contact us and we can make a referral to a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist.