Child Behavior Assessments

Child behavior assessments can increase your understanding of child problems and how to help. What child behavior problems worry you? Do you want to learn more about what is contributing to and/or  maintaining the problem, and find evidence based interventions to help the child? 

Child behavior problems interconnect and are associated with a range of childhood issues and concerns. These include high levels of anxiety, depression, and/or learning problems. They can also include acting out behaviors like aggression and non-compliance, or attention problems, hyperactivity and impulse control problems.   

Child Behavior Assessments: What Do They Include?

The child behavior or psychological assessment  relies  on information from a variety of sources and usually includes a selection of the following assessment tools or procedures:

  • Background Information: gathered from the child's parents, teachers or other significant adults, as well as information contained in school reports, other records or previous assessments.

  • Questionnaires, Screeners and Projective Measures: (e.g. drawings, sentence completion tasks and thematic picture stories).& Interviews with the child.

  • Standardized Behavior Rating Scales: These compare a child's behavioral, emotional and social skills to other children his/her age.
  • Play and/or Art Based Cliinical Interview Methods & Interviews with the Child or Adolescent.

The information that is gathered through these assessment tools is reviewed and analysed by Dr. O'Connor. She then integrates this information into a comprehensive, detailed report. This report includes an overview of the assessment findings, Dr. O'Connor's opinion, and a diagnosis, if appropriate. It also includes  evidence based interventions to assist with the child problem that worries you.

Dr. O'Connor tailors her Psychological Assessments  to the needs of the individual child, and uses assessment tools and approaches that address the concerns that are at issue with that child.

Remember  "Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It."

The child assessment helps here. The various components of the assessment increase understanding of the child behavior problems that present in a particular child. An individualized assessment is critical. No two children will present in the same way. Different and multiple factors interact to shape the individual child problem that concerns you.

Just as an individual understanding of each child is developed through the child behavipr assessment, the assessment also  leads to individualized, evidence  based interventions, geared to the needs of each child.