Services

Initial Consultation

If you are unsure what service you need or are looking for a one time consultation including community, book, or other resource recommendations, an initial consultation appointment can be offered at an hourly rate.

Assessments
In my practice I assess children and teens for ADHD, ASD, learning disorders, intellectual delays, giftedness, anxiety and mood disorders in English primarily. My assessments identify a child’s strengths and needs in order to support their wellbeing. Below are different assessment types for you to choose from. These descriptions include the typical components of the assessment, but assessments are individualized and if more or less work is required for a particular case, costs will be adjusted accordingly. The packages are intended to answer specific referral questions and are not each intended to be comprehensive of all disorders. When requesting a mental health assessment in particular, please be aware that children or teens with mental health issues may have underlying ADHD, ASD or learning disorder and in these cases a psychoeducational or ASD assessment may be recommended for follow up. If you are unsure which assessment to choose, an Initial Consultation can be offered.

Meetings: Attendees of intake, interview and feedback meetings depend on a child’s age and the circumstances. This will be further determined during the set up process. Typically, parents only attend these meetings for children under the age of 10, youth attend with their parents (together or separate) between age 11-16, and youth attend alone over age 16 but can choose to have their parents attend. If parents are separated and require separate meetings, or if parents wish to meet without their children first, this may lead to additional costs.

Testing: I employ two trained clinical assistants to help me with some of the testing. At our intake meeting, we will discuss a plan for the assessment and you will be connected with one of the clinical assistants to complete the testing.

Format: As described further below, assessments include a combination of virtual and in person formats. I am registered to serve clients physically living in Ontario or Quebec regardless of format.

Language: I offer most assessments in English. Some assessments can be done for youth who learn or are more comfortable in French but the wait is typically longer, and reports are written in English with an extra fee for French translation. Dr. Ryan can provide referrals to other professionals for French assessments.

Conflicts: I am an employee of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and as a result of conflicts of interest cannot accept clients from certain OCDSB schools.

Location: Assessments include a combination of virtual and in person formats. Dr. Ryan is registered to serve clients physically living in Ontario or Quebec regardless of format.

Costs: Please press “Getting Started” for information about costs.

Psychoeducational Assessment:

This basic assessment helps identify differences in cognitive or academic skills that can lead to academic difficulties. This assessment can be used to identify learning disorders, ADHD, intellectual delays or giftedness. A comprehensive report of findings with IEP recommendations can provides thorough recommendations. The in-person components require two separate meetings of 1.5-2 hours or one meeting of 3-4 hours. This assessment is recommended, but not necessary, for ADHD.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting (virtual)
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Cognitive testing in person
  • Academic testing in person
  • Some questionnaires to assess attention, socioemotional, executive functioning and/or adaptive skills
  • Feedback meeting (virtual)
  • 6-8 page comprehensive report and recommendations

Comprehensive Psychoeducational Assessment (+more learning or +mental health)

This comprehensive assessment more thoroughly assesses a student’s strengths and needs across different areas in order to provide additional tailored recommendations for wellbeing. Like the basic psychoeducational assessment, these assessments can identify ADHD, learning disorders, giftedness and intellectual delays but also include either more in depth testing to evaluate language and memory skills, or more in depth interviewing the evaluate mental health issues if there is suspected anxiety or mood disorders. In the case that this assessment is selected to add additional learning components, the in-person components can be done in either two 3-hour appointments or three 2-hour appointments. If the extra components selected are to evaluate mental health, the in-person components require two separate meetings of 1.5-2 hours plus virtual interview meets of 1.5-2 hours.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting (virtual)
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Cognitive testing (in person)
  • Academic testing (in person)
  • Language testing(in person) or further diagnostic interviews for mental health
  • Memory testing (in person) or further diagnostic interviews for mental health
  • Further questionnaires to assess attention, socioemotional, executive functioning and/or adaptive skills
  • Feedback meeting (virtual)
  • 10-12 page comprehensive report and recommendations

ADHD assessment

This assessment is brief and is intended to only identify the presence of ADHD. A brief report of findings and some recommendations (book/article suggestions, strategies to support academic and other areas of functioning, and treatment options) is included in this assessment.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting (virtual)
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Feedback meeting (virtual)
  • Brief 2-3 page summary of findings

ASD assessment

This assessment is brief and is intended to only identify the presence of ASD via DSM-V criteria. A brief report is provided to summarize the findings and provide some recommendations. This assessment represents a more cost-effective option for families who are looking for a diagnosis, but does not include cognitive and language testing that is usually very helpful to understanding a client’s functioning.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting (virtual)
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Play/observation (children) or interview (teens) (in person)
  • Feedback meeting (virtual)
  • Brief 2-3 page summary of findings

ASD Comprehensive Assessment

The diagnostic assessment also detects the presence of ASD via DSM-V criteria, but also assesses cognitive and language level which is important to determining certain comorbidities in order to acquire more detailed information about a client’s functioning and needs. This assessment is strongly recommended for those seeking a diagnosis of ASD. The in-person components require two separate meetings of 1.5-2 hours.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Play/observation (children) or interview (teens) in person
  • Cognitive testing in person
  • Language testing in person
  • Additional questionnaires
  • 6-8 page comprehensive report and recommendations
  • Virtual Feedback meeting

ASD Comprehensive Assessment + Psychoeducational or + Mental Health

In addition to what is accomplished with the ASD comprehensive assessment, the addition of learning or mental health components provides more in depth information about a client’s areas of need, including suspected comorbid learning disorders and/or mental health issues. These assessments are required to identify comorbidities like learning disorders, ADHD, anxiety or mood disorders. If the addition of learning components are selected, the in-person components can be done in either two 3-hour appointments or three 2-hour appointments. If the addition of mental health issues are selected, the in person components require two separate meetings of 1.5-2 hours. In the case that a client needs both the addition of mental health and psychoeducational pieces, additional time needed will be charged hourly.

  • Intake forms
  • Review of documents (report cards, IEPs, professional assessments as applicable)
  • Intake interview meeting (virtual)
  • Questionnaires to assess symptoms
  • Play/observation (children) or interview (teens) in person (60mins)
  • Cognitive testing in person
  • Language testing in person
  • Academic testing in person or further diagnostic interview virtual
  • Memory testing in person or further diagnostic interview virtual
  • Further questionnaires to assess socioemotional and executive functioning
  • 10-12 page comprehensive report and recommendations

Therapy

*Limited availability

Individual Counselling: These services are aimed at children and adolescents who are struggling with stress, life transitions, or difficult circumstances, or who present with anxiety, mood or other mental health concerns and desire to build different coping skills within the context of a therapeutic relationship. In delivering these services, some phases of treatment may require parental involvement.

Individual Psychotherapy: These services are directed at children and adolescents who require specialized treatment for their serious mental health needs. Dr. Ryan generates a treatment plan based on their mental health profile, which is identified through a brief assessment phase. This brief assessment phase lasts 1-2 sessions for the purpose of building a treatment plan, but is not as comprehensive as a psychodiagnostic or psychoeducational assessment. In delivering these services, some phases of treatment may require parental involvement, depending on the child’s age and the presenting issue.

Parenting Support: These services are directed at parents who are struggling to support their child’s emotional, behavioral, and overall mental health needs. These services include psychoeducation on child mental health needs, assessing parenting practices and interventions to develop further skills for parents.

Webinars

ADHD: Dr. Ryan provides webinars to groups on the topic of ADHD, including ADHD facts, recommended education practices, and strategies for managing ADHD at home.

Building Emotional Resilience: Dr. Ryan provides webinars to groups on the topic of building emotional resiliency, geared towards parents or youth, that includes psychoeducation on emotions and strategies that work across a wide range of issues.

If you are interested in one of these webinars, please use contact Dr. Julia Ryan.

Workbooks

Coming soon!