The cost for a psychoeducational assessment varies on the type of assessment required. A brief telephone conversation (or meeting) can usually determine what type of assessment is required and what the cost will be.
Many people with personal health insurance have extended coverage which may cover a portion of psychological testing for individual family members. It is advisable for clients to review the details of their coverage to see whether their plan includes coverage for such assessments. If so, it is the client’s or parents/caregivers’ responsibility to submit their claims directly to their insurance providers after full payment has been made.
In addition, it is recommended that families investigate the Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC) of the Income Tax Form under line 330 of Schedule1.S.118.2 (2) and Regulation 5700 in the Income Tax Act and explore how they may qualify if they or one of their children has a learning disability. The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada has worked closely with Finance Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency over the past several years with the aim of ensuring that individuals with learning disabilities are fairly treated under the Income Tax Act. For example, the cost of a psychological assessment, tutoring services, talking textbooks, and costs for transportation to and from assessment, therapy, and tutoring sessions, fees for specialized camps (summer/winter) and specialized private school, and note taking services may be eligible expenses for persons with learning disabilities under the Medical Expense Tax Credit program. Since tax laws are complex, it is recommended that families also consult with a tax advisor.
Do I need a referral from my family doctor or pediatrician to make an appointment?
You do not need a referral to see a psychologist in private practice. Clients are welcome to contact the office directly at (403) 804-5798. We do however, welcome referrals from school teachers, principals, speech and language pathologists and other psychologists, family physicians or pediatricians.
What do I need to do to prepare my child for the assessment?
Other than ensuring that your child is well-rested and fed, there is nothing you need to do to prepare. Please refrain from telling your child that they are having a "test" as this can create unnecessary anxiety. Rather, a simple statement that the child is going to play with blocks and do paper and pencil games to find out more about how they learn, is more appropriate.