Where to find us

1315 Summit Drive, Kamloops, BC Office #100, Clock tower building, Tudor Village.

Clinical Assessment Services

Swanson and Associates Psychology offer high quality psychological assessment services to children, youth, and adults or families. Our assessment services include evaluations for learning and developmental disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, neuropsychological functioning, behaviour and emotional problems, medical-legal issues, and parental capacity. Our assessments are comprehensive and in-depth and include written recommendations.

Swanson and Associates Psychology typically accept referrals for assessment from government agencies or other professionals. Private referrals are accepted on a case by case basis. Services not provided include counselling and treatment.

What is a Psychological Assessment?

A psychological assessment involves integrating information from multiple sources. It often includes primary source information from observations and interviews with the individual, or parents and children, as well as secondary sources such as written and verbal reports from collateral persons. Typically, questionnaires and rating forms, as well as the administration of standardized tests such as those of intelligence, achievement, and personality are used. Standardized tests examine relevant aspects of an individual's skills. Because these tests are standardized on a wide range of individuals, they can provide information about how the individual is performing compared to others his or her age. This, in turn can indicate patterns of individual strengths and weaknesses. Once all of this information is gathered, it is analyzed to provide a comprehensive profile of the individual.

Types of Assessment

Complex Developmental Behavioural Assessments

Complex developmental behavioural assessments are conducted to assess for and to describe difficulties that may affect an individual in multiple areas of functioning such as learning and development, mental health and behaviour, and adaptive and social skills. Some examples of complex developmental behavioural assessments include evaluations for autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders, and other complex developmental and behavioural problems.

Learning Disability Assessments

Learning disability assessments can identify whether or not an individual's academic difficulties are due to a learning disorder (e.g., reading disorder, mathematics disorder, disorder of written expression, etc.) and provide information regarding an individual's specific strengths and weaknesses. These assessments are typically used to help make educational decisions and/or to identify academic accommodations where necessary.

Neuropsychological Assessments

Neuropsychological assessments are conducted to determine the presence and degree of cognitive and behaviour impairments in individuals who have suffered a brain injury or in any case in which brain-based impairment in cognitive or behavioural functioning is suspected. Assessment results help identify specific weaknesses that may lead to educational, occupational, and/or psychosocial disability.

Psycho-vocational/Academic Interest and Skills Assessments

Psycho-vocational/academic interest and skills assessments are conducted for the purpose of providing an opinion concerning an individual's current vocational or academic capacities and future employment or education options. These assessments can serve individuals who have suffered physical injuries and/or a mental health issue that render them unable to return to their work or educational endeavors.

Medical-legal and Work Place Injury Assessments

Lawyers, government agencies, and other professionals increasingly rely on psychological assessments to evaluate or establish insurance or legal claims, to evaluate current day-to-day or workplace functioning, or to suggest suitable treatment options. Assessments can often provide information related to the presence or absence of psychological disability related to claims and assists in determining causality.

Parental Capacity Assessments

Parental capacity assessments are essentially geared towards assessing the historical and current functioning of a family in order to provide a profile which can be used to assess the likelihood of future risk.