New Beginnings - Assessments

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ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is a neuro-pyschological condition that includes one or more of the following symptoms:    

                              

  • Inattention
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyperactivity 

ADHD and Children

ADHD can interfere with a child's life in many ways, such as:


  • Academic Performance
  • Social Integration
  • Mood & Behaviour Fluctuations

ADHD and Adults

Adults can also be impacted by ADHD by affecting:

  • Information Processing
  • Job Performane
  • Mood
  • Stress Levels
  • Relationships



Autism

Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, starts in childhood and affects development in the areas of social interaction, communication, and behaviour. Diagnosis requires a specialized assessment by a psychologist. From this assessment the psychologist is able to provide the appropriate supports and accommodations tailored to that individual .

Autistic Disorder is characterized in some by: 

  • Withdrawn behaviour or other atypical social behaviours
  • Difficulties using language to communicate
  • Repetitive patterns of behaviour
  • Inability to engage in imaginative play

Usually a child begins with normal development and shows regression between 12 and 24 months of age.



Asperger's Disorder

Children with Asperger's Disorder have no significant delays in:

  • Language skills or in cognitive developmen
  • Self-help skills or adaptive behaviour ​       


There is, however, significant impairment in: 

  • Social functioning
  • Stereotyped behaviours and/or repetitive mannerisms  



Learning Disabilities

The time for concern is when there is a consistent unevenness in you child's ability to master certain skills.

Signs & Symptoms of Learning Disabilities  

          
Pre-School

  • Problems pronouncing words          
  • Trouble finding the right word          
  • Difficulty rhyming          
  • Trouble learning the alphabet, numbers, colours, shapes, days of the week                      
  • Difficulty following directions or learning routines           
  • Difficulty controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors or colouring within lines         
  • Trouble with buttons, zippers, snaps, learning to tie shoes 


 Kindergarten - Grade 4     

  • Trouble learning the connection between letters and sounds     
  • Unable to blend sounds to make words          
  • Confuses basic words when reading         
  • Consistently misspells words and makes frequent reading errors        
  • Trouble learning basic math concepts          
  • Difficulty telling time and remembering sequences          
  • Slow to learn new skills


Grades 5-8

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension or math skills 
  • Trouble with open-ended test questions and word problems 
  • Dislikes reading and writing; avoids reading aloud 
  • Spells the same word differently in a single document 
  • Poor organizational skills (bedroom, homework, desk is messy and disorganized
  • Trouble following classroom discussions and expressing thoughts aloud
  • Poor handwriting