Students of any age are referred for a psychoeducational assessment for many reasons:
• difficulties learning at school, college, or university
• “gifted” learning profile
• concerns regarding child development
• behavioural challenges at school
• concern that a student’s true potential is not being realized in the classroom
• the need for “accommodations” in the classroom and for exams (i.e. the removal of “barriers” that get in the way of student being able to succeed)
• questions regarding ideal school placement or programming
At The North Star, our clinicians are expertly trained in considering the WHOLE person in order to support in charting a path forward. Our approach to assessment is informed by the most current information about brain development, and takes into account not only an individual’s strengths and needs, as well as the role of family, school, and other contexts in the individual’s learning experience.
If you think your child may benefit from a psychoeducational assessment, connect with one of our skilled administrative team members who can walk you through the whole process from intake to results debrief to follow-up supports.
We understand that this can feel like a big decision, and we are here to support you each step of the way.
Booking an Assessment
To book a psychoeducational assessment at The North Star, you can get started by scheduling your Initital Intake Appointment via the link below. You will be asked to create a client profile and to choose an ideal time to meet with an assessment clinician. The Intial Intake Appointment is a one-hour appointment for parents and caregivers only; children do not attend this meeting. It can be booked in-person or virtually – please choose the option that works best for you on the booking screen. You will be asked to include your credit card information for a pre-authorization of $500 to hold your appointment. You cannot confirm your appointment without this deposit.
Once you have booked your Initial Intake Appointment, our Client Care Specialist will receive this request. They will assign your child a clinician in our system and will send you important intake documents for you to fill out and send back as soon as possible. Our team will also instruct you to book three Assessment Appointments via our online booking system. These two-hour appointments are with your child and their assessment clinician and are in-person at our clinic. These appointments must be booked at least 24 hours apart, and within a two month span. Your appointments will show up in your client portal, and will be reflected in your system.
Our Client Care Specialists will collect payment and book your debrief appointment – a parent-only appointment with your clinician – during your first in-person visit into the clinic.
Psychoeducational Assessments involve time with children and their families, as well as a great deal of research, file review, scoring, and report-writing that happens behind the scenes. Our clinicians write a report that tells the story of your child, their strengths and weaknesses, as well as a variety of recommendations and accommodations. A typical psychoeducational assessment can take anywhere from 12-16 hours of time to complete.
The total cost of a psychoeducational assessment is $36something. Your first payment of ______ will be collected at your first in-person visit at the clinic. The final payment of $____ will be collected at your debrief appointment, prior to the release of the assessment results.
What can I expect at an appointment?
Your Initial Intake appointment will be either virtual or in-person with your intake clinican. Your child will not attend this first appointment. Your intake clinician will ask questions about your child – their medical history, their school experience, their strengths, weaknesses, etc. This is an opportunity for your clinician to better understand your child prior to your child’s assessment appointments.
The assessment appointments with your child will be conducted in our office. Our clinician will observe, interview, and guide your child through a series of tests to better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Your child will participate in three, two-hour assessment appointments with their clinician.
The debrief appointment will be occur after the assessments have been completed. This appointment can be virtual or in-person, and is for parents-only. In this appointment, your clinician will guide you through the results of the assessment, and share their findings.