At Chisholm, our staff have the expertise to make a young child feel comfortable while helping them to perform to the best of their ability. Most children find the assessment session to be very enjoyable and even describe it as a “fun” experience.
Early intervention can help to minimize the effects of a learning disability. A psycho-educational assessment provides the information needed to understand a child’s weaknesses, and our staff will offer recommendations for strategies and accommodations that will be helpful in the learning environment.
Immediate preliminary feedback is provided after the testing session, followed by a comprehensive written report that may be shared with the child’s school or physician, with parental consent.
A psycho-educational assessment is a highly structured process used to obtain information regarding an individual’s learning style, and can help the student and his/her teachers understand why he/she may be struggling academically and/or behaviourally. The standardized instruments used in the assessment measure the proficiency with which an individual uses language, as well as various types of reasoning skills. Several aspects of memory, attention, and organizational skills are also evaluated. The efficiency with which written work is completed and the ability to interpret and analyze visually-presented material are also assessed.
Reading, spelling, written expression and mathematics are also measured. When appropriate, a diagnosis of a learning disability, attentional or other emotional disorder may be made.
CogMed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents, and adults improve attention by training their working memory. It does so through web-based training programs that are age and ability appropriate. CogMed follows a research-based training schedule that is critical to its success. The program offers a flexible schedule of 25 training sessions lasting 45 minutes each, over 5 weeks. During training, the trainee’s performance is tracked online and can be viewed by the trainee and the CogMed coach who communicates with the trainee to assist him/her for the duration of the program.
University-based research demonstrates statistically significant results.
Social Skills and Anxiety Reduction Groups
Our practice offers groups for children and adolescents. These social skills groups are effective tools for learning to communicate with others. This program is beneficial for a child with social anxiety, awkwardness, AD/HD, or any diagnosis that impedes their ability to relate to others. In our Anxiety Reduction groups, the participants learn the strategies necessary to reduce and cope with the symptoms of anxiety. Parent participation maximizes outcomes.
We also offer individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults aimed at reducing the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and emotional distress. Several modalities are available at Chisholm, depending on the orientation of the therapist and the needs of the client.
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Below is a list of issues that may affect a student’s ability to be successful in school:
Learning Disability, Learning Disorder, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Disorders of Reading, Mathematics, Written Expression, Communication, Expressive Language, Psychological Processing, Developmental Delay, Autism, Asperger’s, Intellectual Disability Attentional Issues, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Executive Functioning, Anxiety, Depression
Emotional Disorder, Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety, Social Anxiety, School Phobia, Depression
Chisholm Assessment and Counselling Centre is the Practice of Dr. Howard A. Bernstein, Ph.D., C.Psych. & Associates, Psychologists