We offer a wide range of assessments for children and adolescents. These include cognitive, developmental, achievement, neuropsychological, emotional and behavioural assessments. We are certified administrators of the ADOS-2 assessment, which is commonly used to diagnose autism. If you have questions about autism, ADHD, developmental delays, learning difficulties and other concerns, we are here to assist you. We encourage you to reach out to us to determine how we can better understand your concerns!
The simple answer is - No! While a diagnosis and evaluation may be helpful in understanding your child and his/her strengths and weaknesses, therapy is targeted at working on goals of either increasing skills or decreasing problem behaviours. This can be started without a formal diagnosis. Reach out to us for more information!
Typically during the first session, we will discuss the concerns you have regarding your child/adolescent. We will collect pertinent information about your child's history, and may conduct brief assessments and observations. We will then determine if the services offered at PsychHabitat are a good fit for you at this time, keeping your concerns and goals in mind.
Depending on your concerns and our goals for your child, the duration of therapy may vary. However, this is meant to be a short-term process where you and other caregivers will be able to learn the necessary skills to work with your child, such that you will eventually be able to apply these techniques without a therapist present.