The Child & Youth Services offers an integrated assessment and treatment approach to support children, adolescents and their families who are worried about difficulties with academic, social, emotional, relational and occupational functioning.
We provide the following:
Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment
- A Comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment, including Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment for students in elementary, high school, college, university and graduate school may determine if a diagnosis is appropriate (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability).
- The assessment is based on parent/caregiver/teacher/child/adolescent interviews, developmental history, behavioural observation, and direct assessment of cognitive processing, language, academic, social-emotional and adaptive functioning. A comprehensive written report with recommendations is provided to direct goals and treatment planning.
- A Psychological Assessment will examine cognitive or intellectual functioning, learning processes, problem-solving abilities, executive functioning skills (attention, memory), visual-motor skills, language skills, adaptive functioning (i.e., day-to-day living skills), personality, social, emotional and behavioural functioning and more.
- A Psychoeducational Assessment further helps to understand how people learn and how deficits may impact their academic performance (e.g., basic reading and reading comprehension, math, writing, oral language)
Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment
- To diagnose a variety of mental health conditions or disorders that impact memory, thought processes and behaviour such as anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, selective mutism, sleep problems, anger, disruptive family relationships.
- For children and youth who might have a medical history with brain trauma/injury, concussions, tumor or other neurological condition.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Developmental and Intellectual Disability Assessment
- Early screening is important as the earlier treatment begins, the more likely the intervention will be effective
The Program Using Psychoeducational Intervention for Learning (PUPIL) at Oshawa and Woodbine Psychological & Counselling Services offers individualized interventions to students with learning disabilities and those who wish to overcome obstacles in their academic pursuits.
Treatment involves explicitly teaching social skills and self-regulation that children/adolescents may lack or which are under-developed for their age and level of functioning in other areas.
Skills Training, for example Adolescent DBT Skills Group (Link) can also be useful for parents/caregivers, to help support them to learn new ways of effectively engaging, teaching, regulating, and disciplining children and adolescents who are processing information in a unique manner compared to their peers and/or siblings.
Psychotherapy for children and adolescents targets difficulties that they experience which may include:
- Relational difficulties – including family and/or sibling conflict or distress, social conflict or distress, and/or marital conflict/distress
- Anxiety – specific issues or situations may be worrisome for some children and youth, such as going to school, needles, or speaking with other children. They may have fears or uncomfortable feelings in their body like headaches or stomach aches. Some may have diagnoses such as specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Depression – feelings of sadness or loss of hope that are secondary to experiences of rejection, bullying, isolation, invalidation, hostility, and/or feelings of being “different” from their peers
- Eating Disorders
Psychotherapeutic interventions may focus on the individual, parent-child dyad, parents as a couple, or the family unit as a whole.
For children, adolescents, and families presenting with mental health, adjustment, and/or relational difficulties, forms of therapeutic intervention may include, but are not limited to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), EFT, and Family Therapy (click on links)
HIGHER EDUCATION & VOCATIONAL PREPARATION/SUPPORT
This service is available for older teens or adults entering the workforce or those looking to apply to university/college. This may be helpful for those with a diagnosis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders or Learning Disabilities. It includes life skills training, building resiliency, putting accommodations/modifications in place and/or assistance obtaining support from community services.