Frequently Asked Questions

Who typically seeks my services?

  • Frequently the parents of children who are not achieving at grade level in one or more subjects at school will contact me in order to explore possible causes for their children’s learning problems. Furthermore, parents may be wondering if their child is gifted when they realize that their child’s grasp of the world, their language development or their academic skills are far beyond those of most of their same age peers. On the other hand, clients may be concerned about cognitive impairments when their child is struggling to keep up with his or her peers. 
  • Parents or school professionals may also ask me to work with a student when they are concerned about the child’s emotional well-being or behavioural functioning. Such students may be experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties in their home, community or school or in more than one of these settings. Frequent temper tantrums, acts of defiance or episodes of sadness often cause these children to be referred for assessment.
  • Adult clients may feel that they have undiagnosed learning difficulties, attention difficulties or emotional problems that need exploration. Issues of self-esteem, anxiety and depression may also accompany undiagnosed learning and adjustment difficulties. Often these individuals have an uneasy or vague sense that “something is wrong” or that they are somehow different from friends, family and colleagues.

What does a typical assessment involve?

A typical assessment involves an initial consultation with the client or client’s parent during which concerns and further steps are discussed. An appointment is then scheduled during which the assessment or part of the assessment is completed. The collected information is then analyzed and interpreted and a report is prepared. The results are then shared with the client who receives a thorough report that includes recommendations and suggestions. The assessment itself can involve discussions and interviews with a variety of professionals, can include in-school or in-home observations, and can call for individual work with the child/adult. 

How long does the entire process from initial consultation to final meeting typically take?

I strive to provide my services within a reasonable time frame for all involved. Depending upon the complexity of the work with each client, the work is usually completed within one to three weeks. It is also possible that the turnaround is very quick (within days) in situations that call for such quick action (I.e. application deadlines for schools or special programs, or emotional crises that require immediate interventions).

How does one pay for the services?

While private clients have to pay for the services themselves, many healthcare plans cover at least part of the cost because I am a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta. 

What if my child is not feeling well on the day of the assessment or appears really tired when working with the psychologist?

I strive to provide child-centred and flexible services at all times. While the assessment may be booked for a specific time period on a given day, it is always possible to reschedule the appointment at no additional cost and complete the assessment in several parts so that the child can “give his/or her best”. For greatest flexibility, appointments are available during several weekdays/evenings and on select Saturdays.

© Ivonne Fuechter-Field 2018