At Clarity Psychology, we believe that an assessment can be the first step in getting to the root of your (or your child’s) academic, social, and/or emotional challenges.
We have one of the largest and most highly trained teams of assessment specialists in the Edmonton region. Our level of training will help you feel confident in the results of the assessment, possible diagnoses, and treatment recommendations. We pride ourselves on our level of expertise in the field, our focus on being helpful to our clients, and the level of detail and effort we put into each evaluation.
We have built a strong reputation in the community based on thousands of assessments and have numerous contracts with school boards, government agencies, and insurance companies.
Clarity Psychology offers high-quality individual assessments that help to bring transparency to the most complex issues. In many cases, parents are seeking out an assessment for a variety of reasons. If any of these concerns sound familiar to you, you may benefit from seeking out an assessment for your child:
- My child isn’t at grade level, but I’m not sure why.
- Teachers have been commenting that my child has a hard time listening and completing work in class.
- My child works so hard, but they are still struggling.
- My child hates school and it’s a battle to get them to go.
- I’m getting calls about my child not listening in class and arguing with their teacher.
- My child is so anxious about school and this is making learning even harder for them.
At Clarity Psychology, we also regularly work with adults and can help to answer questions regarding learning, occupational, or mental health concerns, including:
- I have always had a hard time focusing in school or at work, especially when something is boring.
- I need to read things many times before I understand.
- I feel my mood or anxiety is affecting my relationships or impacting my career.
- Why do I need to work so much harder than everyone else?
- It feels like everything in my life is hard and I don’t know why.
- I always run out of time on exams or work assignments and need some accommodations.
- I have a family history of mental health struggles and I wonder if I have the same challenges.
- I wonder what kinds of jobs best suit my skills and abilities.
What is an assessment?
If you are uncertain about what a formal assessment with a psychologist is, we are here to walk you through the process and to ensure that you understand the purpose, process, and benefits of a formal assessment.
A common definition of a formal assessment is a structured assessment where standardised tests and questionnaires are administered to help answer specific referral questions. In most cases, formal assessments need to be conducted by Registered Psychologists with an expertise and specialised training in psychological testing, as many of the commonly administered tests can ONLY be administered by psychologists (e.g., intellectual assessment, neuropsychological tests, certain personality and behavioural inventories).
As noted, formal assessments are structured, time-intensive, and comprehensive, and often take many hours to complete, both in terms of the testing components of the assessment, as well as the report, which is often quite lengthy and provides detailed information (as well as recommendations) regarding strengths and weaknesses.
At Clarity Psychology, we complete high quality, detailed, and useful formal assessments for a variety of purposes and across most age-ranges.
In contrast, an informal assessment can simply involve an interview and is fairly open to interpretation. Although some questionnaires may be used as part of an informal assessment, it would be unlikely that any standardised testing would be part of an informal assessment. It would also be unlikely a report would be completed after an informal assessment, although in some cases a brief letter may be issued (e.g., an informal assessment for insurance purposes).
Who should have an assessment done?
- Are you a parent or guardian and are concerned about your child’s learning?
- Are you struggling in some important areas of your own life and are looking for answers?
- Are you wanting to advocate for you or your child and need an assessment to get your needs met?
- Is your child struggling socially, emotionally, or in terms of their mental health and wellness and you are looking for answers?
- Do you have a family history of mental health challenges or neurodevelopmental issues (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disorders, anxiety, depression) and are wanting to rule this out in yourself or your child?
Our clients are different in many ways; however, they all share one thing in common: they are wanting answers or clarity and are turning to us for help! Our team of highly trained assessment specialists can help you get to the bottom of the most complex problems and provide you with solutions that will benefit you and your family.