Children, Teens & Parents
The psychological services at Vivid Health are dedicated to providing the highest quality psychological services to children and their families. Our clinicians are psychologists with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and are qualified to evaluate, diagnose and treat a range of emotional, academic and interpersonal challenges. Psychological and educational assessments, counseling and therapy are available to children, teens and their families. Individual therapy and counseling support is available to children, teens and adults. As our clinicians are regulated health professionals, services are covered by most extended health insurance plans.
Child Psychology & Assessments
Are you concerned about your child's academic development in the areas of reading, writing or math? Do you feel that your son/daughter is underachieving at school? Are difficulties with attention or organization interfering with your child's performance at school? Do you see areas of exceptional cognitive and academic strengths that suggest your child may be gifted? A psychological assessment can help by identifying strengths and needs, providing a diagnosis that can help access support and developing a plan to help your son/daughter achieve their fullest potential.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS: Psychological assessments are available for children and adolescents in elementary, secondary or post-secondary school. All assessments are conducted by a registered psychologist and include an evaluation of cognitive skills, academics, attention and organizational skills. If you are concerned about your child's academic skills, social development, organizational skills or attention, a psychological assessment is a great place to start. Results can be used to identify strengths, diagnose needs and are accepted by both public and Catholic district school boards for identification. For more information and rates, please contact Dr. Linda Lindsay.
GIFTED ASSESSMENTS: Students with exceptional cognitive and academic strengths can benefit from the accelerated learning, social milieu and enriched programming available in classes for gifted students. A gifted assessment at VividHealth includes a measure of cognitive profile and academic skills.
Counselling for Children, Teens & Parents
Whether your child or teen has been diagnosed with a disability or not, parenting is a challenge. If you feel like you have tried everything and nothing is helping, parent coaching may be helpful. Working with parents is often the best way to address individual goals for children or for the family. In some cases, it can be helpful to reinforce these gains by providing individual counselling for children or teens.
Who would benefit from a psychological or educational assessment?
Students can struggle at school for a number of reasons. A psychological assessment could be helpful if teachers express consistent, repeated concerns about a student’s reading, language, attention, organization or math skills. Student who want to apply for accommodations at college or university require an assessment to be completed in either grade 11 or 12.
How long will it take?
A complete psychological assessment involves 5 sessions. The first session (1 hour) with parents provides a description of the referral questions and a developmental history. Three testing session (2 hours each) are completed with the student. Finally, a feedback session is conducted with parents to present the results, communicate any diagnoses and share recommendations. A gifted assessment involves an initial consultation, two testing sessions and a parent feedback meeting.
Will I get a report?
Parents are given a written report summarizing all results, diagnoses and recommendations. Permission is given for parents to share the report with either school or medical personnel.
How much will it cost?
Psychological assessments are charged a flat fee. Services offered by a registered psychologist are usually covered by most major health and benefit plans. Please contact Dr. Lorraine Campbell for current pricing. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount for an assessment?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Does the information remain confidential?
All information collected remains confidential and cannot be shared with school or other medical personnel without your written consent. The only exception to this confidentiality is there is suspected past or present abuse or if there is reason to suspect that the client is in danger of harming him/herself or another person. In these situations, information must be reported to the relevant authorities in keeping with the reporting obligations of psychologists under statutes and regulations of the province of Ontario.