Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A PSYCHOLOGIST?


To add a new question go to app settings and press "Manage Questions" button. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who earned a medical degree and then went on to complete a formal residency in psychiatry and, in some cases, a more extensive training program called a fellowship. Psychiatrists are primarily responsible for diagnosing and treating mental health conditions most often through use of medications. A psychologist is an individual who went to graduate school at a University and earned a PhD instead of a medical degree. Psychologists are not medical doctors but have extensive training in doing standardized assessments for various mental health conditions and in applying various forms of talk-based therapy to help individuals with mental health conditions. Psychologists do not prescribe medication.




WHAT DO I TELL MY CHILD/ADOLESCENT ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT?


Most children or adolescents are told that they will be doing a variety of different thinking activities in a quiet environment to gather information on how they process and learn things. It can be helpful to inform them that this information will be used to make it easier for them to function in school.




IF MY CHILD/ADOLESCENT ALREADY HAS A DIAGNOSIS OF ADHD SHOULD HE/SHE BE TESTED ON OR OFF MEDICATION?


In most cases the assessor is trying to evaluate how your child or adolescent thinks and learns under “usual circumstances”. So if he/she has been maintained on a medication for ADHD then this should be taken at the usual time on the day of the evaluation.




IF MY CHILD HAS A PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT WON’T HE/SHE BE “LABELLED” WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?


This is understandably a very common concern for many parents. While a psychoeducational assessment can be useful in identifying a formal learning disability, the real power is in the identification of a child or adolescent’s thinking strengths and weaknesses. It is this latter information that is typically most useful in formulating an IEP at the school level.




HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME OR MY CHILD TO GET THE RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT?


Due to the streamlined nature of the assessment process at Edcommodate most clients receive the full report and a verbal feedback within 10-15 days of the evaluation. In our experience this is significantly faster than most other practices and fits with our overall motto of efficiency.




DO I HAVE TO GIVE THE FINAL REPORT TO THE SCHOOL?


At Edcommodate the original copy of the report is typically released directly to the client. At that point the client is free to provide this information to anyone he/she chooses. While we strongly encourage reports to be shared with schools and educational systems given the rich information that can aid in programming, we do not compel clients to do as such.