We have expanded our team to make scheduling an appointment easier. We have added two well trained and seasoned school psychologists to help us in the more complex diagnosis and treatment planning for children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
We provide diagnostic testing for children one the age of six for autism spectrum disorder. Our testing procedures are aimed at meeting the requirements for the BC Ministry of Children and Family Services. We also understand that many people, after long waits to obtain an autism diagnosis are not able to get a psychoeducational assessment to assist the schools in developing appropriate and individualized education plans. We provide these psychoeducational assessments for all levels, from elementary school children to young adults entering college or university.
With the new additions to staff we are usually able to see someone for a psychoeducational assessment within 10 days to two weeks. The process involves an initial one hour session to discuss history and current issues, then there is usually two days of testing for a psychoeducational assessment. We then need a week to score the tests, gather information from others, such as school or family reports, and we write an assessment report. You are then invited back to the office to have the report explained, and to discuss how we can use the reported test results to develop better interventions and education plans.
Most school need a psychoeducational assessment in order to develop an IEP, an Individual Education Plan.
One unique aspect of our services is that everyone here has had experience in the school system, we have been school psychologist, teachers, school counsellors, behaviour management specialists and consultants for the Provincial Autism program.
For more information please look at our web page at www.relatedminds.com and then, if you are interested, either call us directly or email (there is an email form on the website).