The Psychology Department
The Psychology Department at ACSA provides a full range of psychological services. These include objective assessment, intervention recommendations, and goal-oriented, evidence-based individual and family therapy including cognitive-behavioral and exposure therapy. The primary focus is on children and childhood disorders. However, parents and caregivers are an integral part of assisting with changing the child’s circumstances, and therefore are included in the programming. The psychology staff are skilled in the treatment of a variety of
- childhood behavioural
- emotional disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
- Anxiety Disorders
- Affective Disorders
- Learning Disorders
- Assessments for Children:
ACSA currently offers a variety of Assessments for children of all ages. Prior to a session, an initial consultation followed by a recommendation of assessment / clinician may be suggested in order to establish an appropriate intervention plan.
- PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL/cognitive ASSESSMENT:
A psychoeducational/cognitive assessment is a comprehensive psychological evaluation that includes your child’;s academic level of functioning. This type of assessment is used to determine academic strengths and weaknesses as well as identifying any emotional or behavioral issues. A psychoeducational assessment is also used to identify specific learning disabilities in reading, math or with written expression and the testing results lead to detailed educational recommendations that can be used to create Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) for Special Education.
ACSA has a wide range of Standardized assessment tools to assess your child’s Intelligence Testing.
- Diagnostic Assessment
The Diagnostic Assessment is designed to specifically tailor assessments in an attempt to answer questions or concerns you may have about your child. There may be some observable concerns but it is difficult to fully comprehend what is happening.
An initial consultation would be required so that ACSA therapists would guide you based on their observations, and collected information on what assessment suits the needs of your child. Diagnostic assessment helps to identify the problematic areas and diagnose your child based on international criteria.
- Socio/Emotional Behavioural Assessments
At times it is difficult to understand what children are thinking or feeling. If your child seems to be withdrawn, or anxious, this assessment will help uncover the underlying problems they may be facing. This comprehensive evaluation is designed to help understand your child’s behaviour in both the home and school settings.
- Projective Assessments
Projective assessments are a way to uncover your child’s psyche. These assessment helps understand his/her interpersonal relationships, emotional concerns, and responses to anger or rejection, behavioural concerns to name but a few.
- Developmental Delay Assessment
Infants respond to parental touch and smell. They can search their mothers’ faces and turn to look in the direction of their caregivers’ voice. Infants also begin cooing and babbling at a certain age.
- Behavioural Assessments
Behavioural Assessments provide a thorough assessment of an identified behaviour, including analysis of the interrelatedness of antecedent “triggers,” components of the behaviour itself, and consequences of the behaviour. Reinforcing factors are identified and recommendations are made for behaviour change.
Behavioural assessment involves observing or otherwise measuring a person’s actual behaviour—in other words, what they actually do—in one or more settings where the person is experiencing some sort of behavioural difficulty. Once the behaviour is defined and measured, careful consideration is given to different factors that may be reinforcing and maintaining the behaviour.
Finally, a detailed plan containing strategies for changing or replacing the behaviour is generated. Behavioural assessment typically involves one or more interviews and observations, and may involve various formal and informal assessment measures as needed.
Some of the Tools used for Assessment
- WISC IV
- WRAT IV
- BASC II
- ABAS II