You may be interested an assessment for the purposes of a Motor Vehicle Accident Insurance claim, Work Safety Insurance Board claim or you are seeking information to access your child’s school supports or better understand their mental health needs to name a few examples.
What is a Psychological Assessment?
Psychological assessment is a method of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help understand a person’s emotional and/or intellectual strengths and challenges, their behaviour, personality and capabilities. Some of these techniques include verbal interviews, observation and testing that may consist of pencil and paper tasks, puzzles, drawing, and games depending on an individual’s age/ability.
An initial interview can last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and includes questions about an individual’s personal and childhood history, recent life experiences, health, work and school history, and family background.
Skerrett Psychology offers assessments that cover many skill areas, such as general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing), behaviour and emotions.
When a child is the client, interviews are conducted not only the child, but the parents, teachers and other individuals familiar with the child. Online and written assessments may be included to gain further understanding of the concerning issue.
Types of Assessments
ADHD Assessment including qEEG for ADHD diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ADHD is often experienced in combination with other brain related issues that may impact learning, planning, and social performance. The full psychoeducational assessment is recommended for comprehensive assessment of ADHD. Neurofeedback is a research based treatment that has been shown to be effective in reducing ADHD symptoms. If this is an option for you, it will be discussed following completion of your assessment.
Mental Health Assessment for Diagnosis and Treatment Planning - A mental health assessment involves clinical interview and formal objective measurement of mental health symptoms such as depression, and anxiety. Clients who wish to attend our clinic for counselling must begin with a brief mental health assessment including interview, history taking, and a psychological screening inventory. The purpose of this is to inform effective treatment planning and allow for measurement of improvement over time. Clients who attend because of a psychological concern resulting from a motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or psychological disability preventing active employment will likely complete a more detailed assessment that is specific to individual circumstances. This allows us to provide the most appropriate treatment and (with your permission) to communicate your needs to your insurer, lawyer, physician or workplace.
Psycho-Vocational Assessment for employment planning - A psychovocational assessment provides valuable information about an individual’s aptitude, interests, and emotional intelligence. It includes a comprehensive assessment of one’s cognitive ability, achievement, and identifies any factors that may impact entry into any particular vocation. These assessments are useful for people who have been injured and must begin a new career path, and for individuals who need assistance with career direction.
Quantitative EEG - An EEG is a method of measuring activity in your brain. Activity inside your brain is possible because of electrical activity among neurons.
The EEG or electroencephalograph shows this activity instantaneously, within a few thousandths of a second after it occurs in the brain. Complex mathematical and statistical analysis of EEG activity allows for a quantitative analysis and this is called qEEG. The qEEG provides a “picture” of patterns in the brain that can cause difficulty in life. This information is highly valuable in supporting diagnosis and treatment planning. The areas that are out of sync can also be targeted for change with neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a form of biofeedback wherein brain activity is monitored in session, allowing one to gain awareness and enhance functioning. This can be offered in a game-like format that is both engaging and relaxing.
MindPower software is a powerful brain training tool designed to help improve memory, attention, perception, reasoning, planning, judgment, general learning, and overall executive functioning. Psychologists, neuro-psychologists, speech-language therapists, occupational therapists, and other clinical rehabilitation specialists use Mindpower globally. The brain training software is designed to resemble fun, interactive, visually stimulating games.
Skerrett Psychology uses this technology to create customized brain training protocols for individuals with a wide variety of cognitive abilities. Clients are administered evaluation exercises to form a personalized training plan structured according to individual needs and goals. Clients are also able to target a specific cognitive skill set they would like to improve such as attention or short-term memory. We will work with you to set realistic goals, track your progress, and make cognitive training as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
Depending on your individual needs, remote training from home through Cloud technology may be available. If this option is right for you, we will help you access your customized training plan from your home computer.
SmartMind 3 software is a component of MindPower that uses Neurofeedback to offer clients relaxation training through 24 engaging neuro-games. The MindWave headset continuously collects neurological data and provides visual feedback on screen. The games are powered solely by an individual’s ability to maintain a state of physical and mental relaxation. SmartMind can help clients practically develop real skills to achieve a positive, alert, mindful, calm mental state.
Neurofeedback- MindWave Device
In conjunction with MindPower and SmartMind technology, we also offer EEG biofeedback by incorporating a dry-sensor neurofeedback device into your training protocol. We provide clients with a wireless MindWave Headset that uses electrode sensors to measure EEG data from one site on the forehead. Some brain training options are completely controlled with this device by an individual’s brainwaves. This technology is a powerful tool for assisting clients with relaxation training.
For individuals experiencing driving difficulties such as anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, Skerrett Psychology offers an interactive Driving Simulator to practice driving in a safe, supportive clinical setting. Our interface is fully integrated with driving hardware to provide a realistic experience as close to road driving as possible. We will work with you to manage phobias and develop coping skills and practical strategies with the driving simulator so that you can feel more relaxed and confident in your vehicle.
Assistance With Payments
We are often able to coordinate payment for services through MVA insurance, WSIB, Veterans Affairs, Native Affairs, Green Shield, or Blue Cross. Extended health benefits may cover a portion or all of your treatment. If you do not see your insurer listed here, please call for further information.
We treat clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, suffered workplace injuries, or are unable to work due to mental health issues. Referrals from workplace disability management, lawyers, and insurers are welcome.