College and University Students
Students are often surprised to learn that colleges and universities can provide accommodations for those with learning disabilities or emotional issues. In fact, there are many options available, depending on the diagnosed disability.
Students may receive a scribe, a reader, or digital texts, extra time for exams, a reduced course load, or a learning strategist to help them organize their courses.
In addition, the assessor will offer suggestions for study strategies that are compatible with the student’s learning style.
Colleges and universities require a current assessment before providing accommodations. Referrals may be made by the college/university or the student may refer themselves. The testing process is valuable and interesting, and gives a young adult a new understanding of their strengths and weaknesses.
There are several funding options to assist a college or university student. The cost of the assessment may be covered by a parent’s health insurance plan and bursaries are available through some institutions and through OSAP. Chisholm is also part of the Regional Assessment Team at Queen’s University, which assists many colleges and universities.
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.
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