Psychological Assessment & Diagnosis

Providing service to your child usually begins with a careful understanding of the presenting concerns and questions, past history and understanding of environmental factors. A particular presenting concern may mean different things depending on the individual, relationship, and environmental factors. It is important to first understand the cause of symptoms. For example, difficult behaviors may be the result of depression caused by a recent loss, or the same behavior may be a symptom of frustration from having a learning disability. A thorough assessment and understanding of the child’s strengths and challenges is essential to effective treatment planning and management. In collaboration with parents, caregivers and educators, Dr. Limbos aims to ensure that each child achieves success in school and in their relationships.

Common Reasons for Referral

A large part of Dr. Limbos’ expertise is in conducting detailed assessments to determine both the cause of a child’s problems as well as the relative strengths of the child. Some common reasons for referral include:
  • Autism
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Aquired Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Giftedness
  • Cognitive Difficulties (e.g., intellectual disability or mental retardation)
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia)
  • Inattention or hyperactivity / impulsivity (e.g., ADHD)
  • Speech and language delays
  • Social difficulties
  • Oppositional or disruptive behavior
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Parent-child relationships problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychoeducational assessment
  • Psychological assessment
  • Gifted assessment
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Court Ordered Assessment

Dr. Limbos will consider third party or court-ordered requests for psychological assessments. In many cases, these assessments are related to legal proceedings involving divorce / separation, child custody, or acquired / traumatic brain injuries related to an injury. Such cases usually involve a comprehensive assessment of past medical and legal documents, assessment or review of assessments of other family members, consultation with other professionals, and specialised testing of the child and family. As such, they require significantly more time to complete. Each case is reviewed on a case by case basis by Dr. Limbos before proceeding with the assessment.

In Brief

Gifted Assessment

In some cases, a child may have no current problems or concerns, but may in fact be overachieving. The school or family is interested in determining the child’s general level of development or achievement and whether an enriched program would be an advantageous in helping a child to reach their full potential. In some cases, assessments are requested to determine if a child is “gifted” and should receive an alternative educational program, accommodations or modifications. Dr. Limbos will provide gifted assessments along with a detailed report including feedback to parents and schools.

Developmental Screening

A number of authorities, including the Best Start Expert Panel on Early Learning, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend regular developmental screening of children beginning at a young age. While this task is usually left up to family physicians and pediatricians, evidence shows that this important assessment is often not routinely or adequately conducted, likely due to time or funding constraints. As a result, many developmental problems are not recognized until a child enters school and opportunity for early intervention is missed. Dr. Limbos can provide a brief developmental assessment, as well as feedback and recommendations regarding optimizing your child’s development and the various treatment alternatives. She can also provide consultation to primary care providers, pediatricians, day care providers or other caregivers.
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Meeting Your Child Where They Are

Our objective is to help children realize their full potential through psychological assessment and treatment.