Dr. O’Connor offers Toronto Psychological Assessments for children, adolescents and young adults who live in the Toronto or surrounding area. Her Psychological Assessments increase understanding of the psychological concerns that surface in children, adolescents and young adults. An assessment can also reveal what is contributing to and maintaining these concerns, and lead to evidence based interventions to help.
Dr. O'Connor's Toronto Psychological Assessments integrate a brain/behavior focus and explore various neuropsychological concerns. These include neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses, as well as learning and academic issues, and social, emotional and behavioral concerns. Standardized tests include measures of IQ and/or cognitive ability, academic skill levels (e.g. math, reading, spelling and written language) and tests of memory, visual-motor/spatial skills, executive functions and problem solving skills, as well as non-verbal and verbal ability.Dr. O'Connor's psychological assessments also explore social, emotional and behavioral concerns.
These include concerns related to anxiety, depression or attention problems, or acting out behaviors, such as aggression, bullying, or defiance. Social skills may also be a focus of concern, as well as issues related to emotional regulation and impulse control problems.
A psychological assessment explores concerns in these psychological areas, and numerous others. 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 Toronto Psychological Assessments 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.
School neuropsychological issues are also the focus of the psychological assessment. These include concerns, such as learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries (e.g., concussions or mild TBI). School neuropsychological assessments explore attention and executive control problems, sensory-motor issues, memory concerns, processing speed and fluency issues. The school neuropsycholoical assessment also addresses social, emotional and behavioral concerns.
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 her findings. Her report (both verbal and oral) summarizes the assessment findings and includes recommendations to address the issues of concern, and a diagnosis when appropriate.
Dr. O'Connor's Toronto Psychological Assessments are geared to the specific needs of the young person. Not every child or youth who exhibits a problem needs an extensive evaluation. The assessment zeroes in on the issues that are of particular concern for the child, adolescent or young adult, and becomes part of the solution. It also leads to evidence based Interventions to address the specific problem, or problems that worry you.
What about aggressive, acting out behaviors? Do you worry about impulse control problems (e.g., emotional, behavioral
and cognitive regulation problems)?
Wherever your concerns lie, a psychological assessment can help "get to the root of the problem." The psychological assessment also leads to evidence based solutions to address it.
To learn more about Dr. O'Connor's psychological assessments, and her other services, click here.
Dr. O'Connor runs her practice, in Toronto (Yonge & St.Clair).
You can also contact Dr. O'Connor by email.
Dr. O'Connor is the author of I Can Be Me-A Helping Book for Children of Alcoholic Parents.
Dr. O'Connor is writing a book on "Financial Elder Abuse". This book will focus on the psychological concerns that intersect with this issue, and how to prevent and address this horrific and growing crime.