Psychological Diagnostic Assessment

What is a Diagnostic Assessment?

An assessment evaluates your child’s communication, socialization, play and cognitive skills. It may include a standardized cognitive assessment (IQ test), literacy and comprehension assessment and observation of child’s play and interest. Parents may be asked to complete questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. If necessary, school or home observations by the psychologist may be carried out if child experiences difficulties in these natural settings.

Types of Standardized Assessment Tools We Use

Some examples are: Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), Wechsler Inividual Achievement Test (WIAT), Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI-R) or a variety of questionnaires for teachers and parents, depending on the purpose for the assessment. 

When is a Psychoeducational Assessment Recommended?

When parents raise concerns about their child losing interest in schoolwork/homework and significant slipping of grades in spite of previous success; when child shows difficulty in grasping academic concepts and literacy in spite of parents’/tutors’ coaching; when child is resistant to school, homework, acts out and creates high levels of stress within the family functioning; when parents wonder why child speaks well and appears intelligent but this is not translated into writing/reading and school achievement.

Provision of a Full Report 

A full report will be given and explained to parents at the end of the assessment process. During this one hour session, recommendations and goals will be discussed.

Cost of a Diagnostic Assessment 

The assessment process can include individualized sessions with your child (ranges between 3 to 6 hours in multiple sessions), extensive interviews with parents (ranges between 2 to 4 hours, including initial consultation), observation sessions and report writing time (ranges from 2 to 4 hours). Hence the package cost (ranges from $1200 to $1800) will depend on the series of assessment required, the cost of the tools, questionnaires and the number of hours required.