Cognitive Assesssments


Cognitive assessments, also referred to as IQ/psychometric assessments, assist with determining a child’s learning capability by understanding their cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Several areas are assessed during cognitive assessments, including verbal comprehension, visuospatial skills, fluid reasoning, working memory, as well as processing speed.

A comprehensive assessment can help to:
  • Identify intellectual giftedness. This will help to determine if a child or adolescent can access gifted and talented programs or be eligible for admission to selective schools. 
  • Identify learning difficulties or disabilities in children and adolescents. This information can be particularly helpful for a child’s school as it will allow their teacher to have a better understanding of their learning needs. This will allow for further adjustments and accommodations to be made in the child’s classroom, if necessary. 
  • Identify intellectual difficulties or disabilities in children and adolescents. An IQ score of 70 or below can be indicative of an Intellectual Disability. 
  • Provide further information to assist families with applying for further funding. 
Assessment Process
  • Initial Consultation: This is a 1-hour intake consultation with the primary caregiver/parent and is focused on obtaining relevant background information. 
  • Cognitive Assessment: Depending on the child’s age group, one of the above cognitive assessments will be completed with the child or adolescent. This can take up two hours. 
  • Psychologist Report: A comprehensive report based on 3-4 hours of clinical time is provided with results and recommendations.