Psychological Tests, Assessments & School Neuropsychological Evaluations


 Dr. O’Connor, a Toronto psychologist, uses a broad range of psychological tests and assessment measures to assess children, adolescents and young adults.  Her services increase understanding of the psychological concerns that present in young people, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them. 

Her services include:

Psychological Tests and Assessments

Psychological Assessments  help  "get to the root" of adolescent or child problems, or those that are of concern in a young adult, and lead to evidence based solutions to address them. The psychological assessment provides information from various psychological tests on how the child, adolescent or young adult is doing, compared to same aged peers across a range of developmental domains. These include the social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive/learning domains.

Various psychological tests comprise the psychological assessment and assist in exploring the young person's  strengths, as well as where her challenges and needs lie.  A psychological assessment uncovers the nature and extent of a young person's concerns, and what is contributing to and/or maintaining them. It also leads to evidence based solutions to address them. 

Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessments integrate a school neuropsychological perspective,  both during the assessment, and when developing interventions to address the individual concerns  that present  in young people. Neuropsychological issues typically underlie the psychological concerns that present in young people, including social, emotional and behavioral problems, as well as school, neurocognitive and learning issues. 

To learn more about Dr. O'Connor's Psychological Assessments, click here.

School Neuropsychological Evaluations

Dr. O'Connor offers School Neuropsychological Evaluations to children, adolescents and young adults in Toronto and the surrounding area. A School Neuropsychological Evaluation  explores the neurobiological basis of childhood learning and behavioral disorders. School  Neurological Evaluations assess the young person's neuro-cognitive strengths and weaknesses, as these apply to academic skills and social, emotional and behavioral concerns. A School Neuropsychological Evaluation offers a more comprehensive and in depth assessment than either a psychological or psycho-educational assessment, and often encompasses components from both.    

School neuropsychological assessments are particularly useful  when the young person has a known or suspected neurological disorder (e.g., traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury), or who shows neurodevelopmental risk factors.These might include prenatal exposure to drugs and/or alcohol, low birth weight, and/or prematurity, or students returning to school after a head injury. Young people who are showing symptoms of a learning disability, or who have shown these signs on a Psycho-Educational Assessment are also likely to benefit from a School Neuropsychological Evaluation. So too are children who are showing signs of Post Traumatic Stress or have been diagnosed with this disorder.  

School neuropsychology applies neuropsychological and educational principles to assessments and interventions with children, adolescents and young adults.

The goal is to increase understanding of the nature and extent of any neurological deficits the young person exhibits, and to facilitate learning, psychological development and appropriate coping behaviors at school, at home and in the community.

To learn more about Dr. O'Connor's School Neuropsychological Evaluations, click here.

Trauma/Attachment Based Assessments

The psychological  tests and assessment approaches that are the focus of this category address the needs of young people who have experienced a single acute traumatic event, like a motor vehicle accident, or who have endured more chronic, ongoing or complex trauma. Regardless of the nature of the trauma, many of the children who experience either a single traumatic event, or more chronic, complex trauma, often show social, emotional, behavioral, and/or learning concerns.

Issues associated with complex trauma include attachment based problems, for example, children who were adopted post infancy, and/or whose life circumstances have prevented the development of a secure attachment bond. Concerns might also relate to the trauma children endure in families where parental problems are at issue. This might  include parental problems like alcoholism and/or other addictive behaviors, or mental health concerns. This focus also addresses the trauma associated with bullying, including by a sibling or peers. 

In addition, psychological tests and processes applied in this category address the trauma linked to  a single acute traumatic event, like a motor-vehicle accident, and the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

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Social, Emotional and Behavioral Assessments

These assessments address a range of concerns in young people. These include acting out and impulse control problems, aggressive behaviors or problems with emotional regulation. Issues related to internalizing concerns  such as depression, anxiety and withdrawal are also addressed.   

Consultations

Dr. O'Connor offers consultations to parents, professionals and organizations. To learn more about her consultations, click here.

Book and Resources

Dr. O'Connor has created products/resources to help increase understanding of child, youth and family problems, and how to address them and promote positive outcomes in children, youth and their families.

Dr. O'Connor is the author of I CAN BE ME. This book helps children who are experiencing family stress and includes a focus on Children of Alcoholic and Drug Addicted Parents.

Click here, to learn more about this book and how it can help you to help children.

Presentations, Training Sessions and Work Shops

Dr. O'Connor offers Training and Work Shops for parents and professionals.

For a representative sample of Dr. O'Connor's presentations click here.