Has your child's school recommended a psychoeducational assessment? Are you worried about your child's learning and progress in school? Now what is it?
The purpose of psychoeducational assessments is to determine your child's strengths and weaknesses. Essentially, to learn how your child learns best, and what are the barriers that keep him or her from striving in the school environment. A psychoeducational assessment is key in establishing diagnoses such as Specific Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It may also allow your child to be identified as Gifted. Following the assessment, performed over a few appointments (typically 2 or 3), a report will be prepared and will include recommendations for both the home and school environment. An initial appointment is always scheduled with parents only to discuss the process of the assessment and better understand your child's difficulties.
Do you worry about your child's mental health? Do you feel there's something wrong, but are not sure what and how to help? Psychodiagnostic assessments can help in determining whether a child suffers, for example, from depression, an anxiety disorder, or perhaps Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Dubois has a high level of expertise in complex assessments to determine whether a child as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other conditions which may also occur in addition to ASD. An assessment for autism is only done using gold standard tools in order to provide you with as much information as possible about your child's strengths and weaknesses, and therefore identify the most important goals and strategies for treatment.
Child and Family Therapy
Child and Family Therapy
Dr. Dubois focuses on providing families with evidence-based therapy. This includes treatment based mainly on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Depending on the difficulties of the child and family, individual therapy with the child, parent coaching or a combination of both will be provided. Our goal is to help you in as few sessions as possible. Including parents is therefore key so that you can help your child apply the strategies learned in therapy at home.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) aims at solving current problems by changing unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours. The complexity depends on the age of the child, from introducing the child to their 'Mean Dragon' and 'Wise Owl', to helping adolescents identify patterns of negative thoughts that are recurrent.Children, adolescents and their parents will also learn different coping skills and strategies to apply in their everyday life. Collaborative Problem Solving and Social Skills/Social Thinking skills can also be incorporated in the treatment plan, as needed.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) involves systematically applying interventions based on the principles of learning theory in order to improve behaviours, while demonstrating that these interventions are responsible for changes in behaviours. While this method is traditionally used in the treatment of Autism, it has also been found to help children and adolescents with a range of difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parents can be instructed on how to apply strategies at home, self-management programs can be developed with children for use in the home or school, and consultation services to teams can be provided.