Parents often ask if there are any preparations that are required prior to bringing their child in for an assessment. Intellectual ability is an innate characteristic, and as such, is determined at birth. Therefore, preparation is not required. There are several websites such as “testing mom” that advocate preparation for intelligence tests; however, these are typically ineffective, and come at a significant cost. The best preparation for an appointment is to ensure that the child/teen/adult is well-rested, has had a good breakfast, and is not ill.
What is involved in the Assessment Process?
Understandably, there can be considerable anxiety when considering an assessment. Parents may be unsure what to expect, and clients may be apprehensive about test demands. The initial intake appointment, which is only held with the parents or adult client, outlines the assessment process, what to expect, and is an opportunity for all parties to discuss concerns and goals. A clinical interview is held to gather background information so that an assessment plan can be made. This typically takes between one and one-and-a-half hours. Subsequent appointments, typically around two hours in length, are spend completing the assessment. Length of assessment sessions is generally based on the client’s age, and attention span. At times, shorter sessions are required for younger children, or for those who cannot work for a two-hour period of time. Considerable time is spent establishing and maintaining rapport to ensure optimal engagement and reduced anxiety and stress. Upon completion of the assessment, the file is scored and results interpreted. They are compiled in a comprehensive report which includes recommendations and strategies. These findings are presented to the parents and/or adult client in a one to one-and-a-half hour interview. Should additional information come to light during this final meeting, amendments are made to the report.
My office is located at Suite 205, 259 Midpark Way SE in the Midpark Centre building, which is located directly across from McDonald’s. The main entrance and Visitor parking are at the back of the building. As there are only six Visitor stalls, you may be required to park along the street in front, or in the McDonald’s parking lot across the street if all the spots are occupied. Please do not park in stalls marked Reserved as you may be ticketed and/or towed (parking authority policy). You can also park in the car wash parking lot directly adjacent to the building for free, in any spot despite the reserved signs.
Take the elevator to the 2nd floor, and enter the Fish Creek Executive Centre immediately on your right. If attending during business hours, please check in with the receptionist and she will let me know that you have arrived. If after hours or on Saturday, please have a seat in reception, and I will meet you there. Please note that the main doors open at 10:00 on Saturday mornings, and lock automatically at 3:00. If arriving before or after these times, please text me at 403-612-3396 and I will come down to let you into the building.
Please note that I charge a flat rate for all services. Payment, at $190.00 per hour, is billed at the end of each session, and in the case of Westmount Charter School and GATE assessments, due in installments. Payment can be made by cash, email interac transfer, Visa, or MasterCard. Unfortunately, I am unable to accept cheques. I will provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. I also offer direct billing for Blue Cross customers.
Please note that my office is peanut and tree nut free due to allergies of many clients. I respectfully request that if your child is ill, you reschedule your appointment (without additional charge) to ensure an optimal assessment environment and accurate results.
While I don’t charge for missed appointments or late cancellations, I would appreciate 24 hours’ notice if you do need to change your scheduled appointment time.