BA, BEd, MEd Registered Psychologist (APE) (#1101)
Parents of children who struggle with learning often wonder if there is a cause for their child’s difficulty. They may feel uncertain of how to support their child in a way that builds their academic skills and maintains their self-confidence.
Children who continue to have trouble meeting grade-level outcomes despite having received extra support both at school and at home may benefit from a comprehensive psychoeducational assessment. This type of assessment explores the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural profile of the child.
A psychological assessment of learning (psycho-educational assessment) provides a collection of information that can be used to inform next steps for families as they work to support their child across a variety of areas of their life. The result may also include the diagnosis of developmental psychological disorder(s) that help to explain the likely reason for the difficulties the child is facing.
Nina is a Registered Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists. She also holds a Professional A Teacher’s Certificate, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. Nina’s experience working in education informs her assessment process through her understanding of child development and behaviour, academic achievement, provincial curricular content, and adaptation/accommodation/intervention options for supporting the needs of a variety of learners. Nina is passionate about helping children develop self-understanding as it relates to their learning and takes a “child first” perspective in her approach, prioritizing the child’s comfort and willingness to participate during the assessment process. Her goal for each assessment is to provide recommendations that can be used as a starting point for supporting the child across various aspects of their life, irregardless of whether or not the assessment results in diagnosis.
Client Focus: Psycho-educational assessments for children (starting at 6+), adolescents, and adults
Issues: Nina can assess for and diagnose specific learning disorders, intellectual developmental disorder, language disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She specializes in supporting the learning needs of English language learners
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