Child Assessments

Adolescent and/or child assessments can help when you are worried about child problems.  Dr. O'Connor, a Toronto psychologist, offers psychological assessments and school neuropsychological evaluations to help get to "the root" of  the psychological concerns that present in young people, and point to evidence-based solutions to address them.

What adolescent or child problems worry you?  Are you worried about school or learning problems? What about social difficulties? Is the child having problems getting along with his peers? Or do you worry that the other children are excluding or bullying your child? Or that your child is bullying others? 

What about behavioral and emotional problems? Is your child showing externalizing problems? Perhaps he or she is acting out at school? Is the young person showing aggressive behaviors, or failing to comply with reasonable adult requests? Or what about internalizing behavior problems like signs of anxiety, depression or withdrawal?

What about neurological issues and concerns, like a concussion or mild TBI, or other acquired brain injury? Or a learning disability, or other neurological concerns like autism and attention problems?

Or trauma related concerns, such as a single acute trauma  that arises from a motor vehicle accident? Or the trauma related issues that surface as a result of more complex trauma, such as attachment issues, or other ongoing and chronic stressors within the family and community? 

A child or adolescent assessment can help increase your understanding of the child problem that worries you, and lead to evidence based solutions to address it. The psychological assessment   explores a range of adolescent and child problems including social, emotional and behavioral concerns, as well as learning problems at school. The assessment helps  get " to the root"  of the child problem, and provides  recommendations to address it. 

The child or adolescent assessment addresses a range of childhood issues and concerns. These include social, emotional and behavioral problems and learning difficulties at school. Or neurological concerns, such as a concussion or mild TBI or other acquired brain injury or possibly learning disabilities and autism.

Psychological assessments also address trauma related issues and concerns, either a single acute trauma like a motor  vehicle accident, or the child problems that can surface as a result of more complex or chronic trauma. These might also include ongoing, complex trauma, such as chronic stressors, like abuse or bullying and/or various family and social stressors.

A Child Assessment Can Help

The psychological assessment explores the multiple factors that often interact to contribute to and maintain the child problem that worries you. The assessment becomes part of the solution, and is every bit as critical in addressing the child problem, as the interventions that are developed to address it. As part of the solution the child assessment leads to evidence-based interventions to help promote positive outcomes in the children you care about and work with, despite the challenges they face.

Remember, "Understanding the Problem is the Key to Solving It." And a child assessment is the key to developing a comprehensive understanding of the problem and how to solve it.

Find out where things are going well and where you need to intervene to help?

Dr. O'Connor offers  Child Assessments  that she tailors to the specific needs of the child or adolescent you are worried about.

To find out more about Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessments and services,  click here.

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