Assessment

We provide developmental and psychological assessments for children and youth between 2 and 21 years of age. A psychological or psycho-educational assessment may be requested to determine the nature of an individual's specific challenges or to provide recommendations and further treatment directions. Referrals are accepted for the following concerns:

  • learning difficulties and disabilities

  • developmental delays

  • language delays and disorders

  • giftedness

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and externalizing behaviours

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • executive functioning and dysregulation

  • social-emotional concerns, including anxiety and depression

Formal diagnoses are often required to access a variety of additional supports and funding for your child, and will be provided when appropriate. We are able to complete applications for additional supports and funding, such as that available through the Child Disability Tax Credit, the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities program, Developmental Services Ontario, and the Ontario Disability Support Program.


Individual and Family Therapy

Depending on the issues identified at the time of intake, individual or family counselling may be appropriate. We offer counselling to children, adolescents and adults, making use of different techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, expressive arts techniques and mindfulness and relaxation training. The therapeutic techniques chosen will be dependent upon each client's needs and, for child clients, developmental level will be considered. In addition,  we recognize the family as being an important support system for the child and are available to assist parents in understanding and meeting their child's needs, or in understanding themselves. Supportive counselling is also available to parents of children with extraordinary needs. Trauma or attachment-informed approaches are utilized when clinically indicated.

Concerns that might be addressed through individual or family counselling include:

  • anxiety, including social anxiety, separation anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • depression or low mood

  • acting out behaviours, including anger management

  • family conflict

  • divorce or separation

  • school refusal

  • issues of trauma or loss


Consultation

We are able to offer direct consultation to families for a variety of concerns. Typically, consultations are time-limited and focused on a specific topic. For example, following comprehensive assessment, parents may request consultation regarding the development of the Individual Education Plan or assistance in navigating school and community supports available to their child. Parents may choose to seek out consultation to determine if psychological assessment is necessary. Consultations with school staff are also available upon request. We are also able to offer consultation to parents regarding positive parenting and behaviour management strategies. 


Advocacy

Families often require support to navigate through the challenging tasks of obtaining government funding or other services for their children. We are able to assist families who may need some additional guidance. We are also available to support parents as they access the educational system, particularly in times of transition or when attempting to secure services for their children.


Groups and Information Sessions

Some people benefit from learning within a group context. We offer opportunities for children and adults to participate in educational groups to build upon their social skills and emotional regulation. In the future, we also hope to open our office for information sessions, where parents and community members can learn about specific topics and have an opportunity to ask questions of our clinicians and selected guest speakers. Topics under consideration include positive parenting strategies, self-regulation, anxiety, screen time guidelines, learning disabilities and navigating the school system as a parent of a child with extra needs. When available, these opportunities will be announced on our website and Facebook page.


Workshops and Presentations

We are able to offer educational workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, including typical and atypical patterns of child development, learning disabilities, mental health disorders, positive parenting supports and behaviour management strategies. Both Mrs. Shoebottom and Dr. Freeman are Registered Circle of Security Parent Facilitators. Please contact us for further information.