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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.
Mental Health Diagnostic Assessment
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Developmental and Intellectual Disability Assessment
Psychotherapy for children and adolescents targets difficulties that they experience which may include:
including family and/or sibling conflict or distress, social conflict or distress, and/or marital conflict/distress.
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).
including 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.
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), Emotion-Focused Therapy EFT, and Family Therapy.
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.
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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.
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 and/or modifications in place and/or assistance obtaining support from community services.