Dr. O’Connor offers Psychological Assessment and Testing services for children, adolescents and young adults who live in Toronto or the surrounding area. Psychological Assessments increase understanding of the psychological concerns that surface in young people. They also reveal what is contributing to and maintaining these concerns, and lead to evidence based interventions to help.
Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessment and Testing Services integrate a brain/behavior focus and explore various neuropsychological processing concerns. These include neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses, and their impact on the young person's learning, as well as his social, emotional and behavioral functioning. Dr. O'Connor uses standardized tests to assess the young person's intellectual and/or cognitive ability and his academic skill levels (e.g. math, reading, spelling and written language). Neuropsychological processing measures include tests of memory, visual-motor/spatial skills, executive functions, processing speed and problem solving skills, as well as non-verbal and verbal ability.
Dr. O'Connor's psychological assessment and testing services also explore social, emotional and behavioral concerns. These include emotional regulation and impulse control problems, as well as anxiety, depression, attention problems, and acting out behaviors, such as aggression, bullying, or defiance. Social skills may also be a focus of concern. The psychological assessment helps"get to the root of the problem" and what is contributing to and maintaining it, and leads to evidence based solutions to address it.
Dr. O'Connor's Assessment and Testing services also address trauma related issues.These include a single traumatic event, for example, a motor vehicle accident, or more chronic, ongoing stressors such as bullying, abuse, maltreatment and attachment breaches, or community or domestic violence.
In addition, Dr. O'Connor's assessment and testing services include School Neuropsychological Evaluations. School neuropsychological evaluations address neuropsychological concerns such as learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries (e.g., concussions or mild TBI). They address various categories of neuropsychological functioning.These include attention and executive control problems, sensory-motor issues, visual spatial concerns, processing speed and fluency issues. Social, emotional and behavioral concerns are also addressed.
Dr. O'Connor reviews and interprets the assessment findings. Following her review and interpretation of the findings, she meets with you and provides a verbal and written report of the assessment findings. The written report provides a comprehensive summary of the assessment results and includes recommendations to address the issues of concern, and a diagnosis or diagnoses when appropriate.
Dr. O'Connor gears her Psychological Assessment and Testing services to the specific needs of the young person. Not every child or youth who exhibits a problem needs an extensive evaluation. Her assessment and testing services zero in on the issues that are of particular concern for the young person. Her psychological assessments become part of the solution, and lead to evidence based Interventions to address the psychological concerns that present in the young person.
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Dr. O'Connor runs her practice, in Toronto (Yonge & St.Clair). She also offers Psychological Assessment and Testing Services through the Lingyu International Psychology Centre and the Family First Play Therapy Centre in Bradford, Ontario.
Dr. O'Connor is the author of I Can Be Me-A Helping Book for Children of Alcoholic Parents