Thursday, March 23, 2017

Office Space and Support Services, Burnaby, BC.

Currently I rent office space from BOSS Business Centre in Burnaby, BC. BOSS Centre provides complete office support services including phone answering, conference rooms, parking, direct connection to the SkyTrain etc. I have worked with BOSS services for several years and cannot recommend them highly enough. Their website is found at www.bossbusinesscentres.com

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Psychoeducational Assessments, ADHD Testing and Autism diagnostic services for children, teens and adults.

ADHD and Psychoeducational Assessments in Vancouver/Burnaby/New Westminster and Maple Ridge:

As a Registered Psychologist and former certified classroom teacher and school psychologist I provide comprehensive assessments for ADHD, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD-Asperger's). The average cost of a comprehensive assessment for ADHD is $800 and psychoeducational assessments range from $2,000-$2,400, depending upon the complexity.

All assessments begin with an initial session during which we discuss your current symptoms and history, to make sure that such an assessment is necessary, will be useful and is appropriate at this time. To make an appointment please visit my webpage at www.relatedminds.com and contact me through email using the contact form.

Assessments are usually scheduled within 4-6 weeks, and take 2-3 weeks to complete. I provide assessments that are appropriate for students in elementary and high schools, college level students and those that are used in the workplace.

For more information, visit my website.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What is an intelligence test like? What is a test for giftedness like? Do you need a psychoeducational assessment?

Often parents ask me about the tests that are used to measure cognitive function - intelligence -and what tests are used to qualify for gifted programs. Giftedness is measured differently by each school district here in British Columbia, however, we often start with an intelligence test. Often, this is enough, you need to check with your school district. May districts use the WISC-5, others rely on much simpler tests such as the TONI-6 or TONI-C, a brief non-verbal test. I often use the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scale-2. This is a short yet comprehensive test of cognitive ability. It is accepted in all US states that I am aware of (some states publish a list of acceptable tests) and is approved by most higher education and government programs. Your district might not use a wider variety of assessment tools, so you should ask them first.



This test is also appropriate for CLBC and other benefit programs.



This short video explains the testing process and helps you understand what your child will be experiencing. I hope it's useful.



In my offices in Burnaby, BC I provide psychoeducational assessments (except for Coquitlam, as I have a separate contract with Coquitlam which limits my ability to provide some services. Please contact me about services in Coquitlam and we can discuss this in detail.) I provide assessments and diagnostic services for autism spectrum disorder (yes, even in Coquitlam), Asperger's Disorder, Tax credits and so on. I also see a number of adults for the diagnosis and treatment of Asperger's and ADHD.



Please contact my office, by email, to start the process of setting up an appointment.



I hope this is helpful.



Dr. Jim Roche

www.relatedminds.com

related minds (at) gmail.com





Sunday, November 27, 2016

Testing for ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Autism: Children, Teen and Adults

Dr. Jim Roche provides diagnostic testing/assessment services for children, adolescents and adults who may have ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's Disorder, learning disabilities and dyslexia. These services are provided for all from the ages 6 to adult. Visit his website at www.relatedminds.com or https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/70682

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Is there anything I can do for ADHD besides medication ?

Some people don't want to take medication, but I always urge you to have a long talk withyour medical provider about this. And to go to your appointment with your specific questions written down, so you don't get misdirected. Sometimes, in the few minutes that medical doctors can spend with a patient, it's difficult for the provider to tell you more than just the basics. So have your specific questions ready!

Others have tried medication and it has not helped, or the medications might have unpleasent side effects. The website for CADDRA has an excellent symptom report form for you to keep a records each day of how you are reacting to your medications, and if they are working for you or not. This is standard practice, and your medical doctor should have provided such a form. Best practices, as outlined on the Canadian CADDRA website have all the information you need, and I advise you to go to the website.

And if medications are working for you? Well, first, let me say that medications are often VERY helpful to children, teens and adults. But for the most part after two to three years medications are no longer effective simply because most people stop taking these medications after that period of time. So, while the medications are working, you need to be learning some practical skills to compensat for your ADHD.

Many patients, either taking or not taking medications, see me for some very basic coaching. This involves making use of information obtained during your diagnosis to focus interventions and skill development on specific deficit areas, and to make use of those areas of abilities that are positive.

Examples might mean using visual skills...wriitng notes, using visual prompts and cues, to help you remember to do things, or using a set of skills to develop the ability to "self-monitor," that is, several times a day stop-think-plan. You stop, evluate where you are, and plan what you need to do to make the day more successful than it might have been. This includes using times, auditory reminders and visual planners. All of these are SIMPLE, and we usually work on developing only one or two new skills at a time. Turning a practiced skill into a habit can be a lengthy process, taking several months.

There are also many different accomodations that individuals with ADHD are allowed in school or the workplace to accomodate their defict. Knowing what those are and how to obtain them is critical to success.

Skills such as understanding and avoiding procrastination, using self talk to control emotions, thought stopping to get things out of your head, useful note taking habits (most people take notes that are simply not useful), and learning to focus yourself and develop a sense of priority.

These are some of many skills that people learn, practice and make habits, whether they are taking medications or not.

For more information on ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), its diagnosis, treatment and how it can effect work as well as relationships, please visit my website at www.relatedminds.com

Psychological services are not covered by provincial MSP, but may be covered by your extended health care plan. Please contact your plan to find out what they will cover. Individuals with ADHD may also qualify for federal tax benifits. Contact your tax consultant about these issues.

Offices in Burnaby, close to New Westminster, Coquitlam, Vancouver, Port Moody and Maple Ridge. Offices are located on the Skytrain at the Production Way Skytrain Station.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Psychoeducational Assessments in Burnaby, Coquitlam and Vancouver

Psycho-educational assessment for a child, teen or even a young adult entering college or universities is one of the most frequent reasons parents contact me. This assessment may be initiated due to school and/or parental concerns about a child’s cognitive functioning, learning, attention, and/or behaviour at school.  There may be behaviours that concern the school relating to ADHD, the possibility of autism spectrum disorder , learning disabilities or dyslexia. Young adults often need psychoeducational assessments to continue with accomodations while at college or university.
Psycho-educational assessments evaluate an individual's thinking/reasoning abilities and underlying psychological processes (e.g., memory, attention, processing, executive functioning), academic achievement (e.g., reading, writing, math, oral language), behaviour and social-emotional functioning in the context of their stage of development and in comparison to other's their age.
The goal of a “psycho-ed” assessment is to identify areas of strength and weakness cognitively, academically, and socially/emotionally so that these areas can be targeted through intervention or additional support.  Using all of the information gained over the course of the assessment  – from interviews, parent, teacher and child rating scales, one-on-one testing results, and observations of the child  –the psychologist seeks to provide the child, adolescent or young adult and their family with a clear picture of the individual's abilities. This information is then shared with the school based team which, with the parents, make decisions about placement, support services, classification (and related funding) and individualized interventions through the development of an Individual Education Plan or "IEP." Referrals to other services may also be made as appropriate, such as to occupational therapy for fine motor concerns or to speech-language pathology for communication difficulties. (Often these services can be provided by your school district.)
For young adults a psychoeducational assessment is often necessary to obtain accommodations in the academic setting. Sometimes there is also specialized funding and support services also available.
A key component of the psychoeducational assessment is psychoeducation - teaching the individual about his or her strengths and weaknesses and helping them develop appropriate compensatory skils, as well as making appropriate academic choices. Sometimes individuals with learning disabilities become frustrated and defeated by multiple academic failures, or just the difficulty they may have with some academic tasks as compared to others. Knowing why this is, what you can do about it, and what YOUR strengths are is often a positive preventive measure in avoiding negative self-thoughs, anxiety and depression.

Along with a team of school psychologists I provide psychoeducational assessments that include comprehensive assessments for ADHD and social emotional factors. Assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder are different and if this is a concern we will discuss it at our first meeting.

Costs for a psychoeducational assessment never exceed $1950.00  Ancelary assessments from occupational therapists or speech pathologists can usually be arranged through the school district.

Please visit my website for more information at www.relatedminds.com

In addition to being a Registered Psychologist, I have been a classroom teacher, certified in special education, a certified school psychologist and have worked as a behaviour management specialist for several school districts and with the provinical outreach program for autism.

The best way to reach me is by email. Please use the contact form on my website.

Assessment and Treatment for ADHD, Aspergers, Autism and Learning Disabilities in Burnaby, BC

Dr. Jim Roche
Assessment and treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, behavioural disorders as well as depression, anxiety and related issues.

I am a Registered Psychologist in British Columbia, and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (Clinical Fellow of AAMFT). While much of my work is with children, adolescents and young adults with ADHD and ASD, sometimes called Asperger’s Disorder, I also continue to work with couples and families in my practice.

I am, for the most part, a behavioural therapist. I am also trained in cognitive behaviour therapy, and hold an advanced certificate in CBT from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. As a family therapist I most often use techniques guided by Dr. John Gottman. There is a lot of information on Gottman Couples and Family Therapy on line, and some excellent books and self-help video programs available at the website of the Gottman Institute and I urge you to look those over. I have also been trained in other methods, including the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Rational Emotive Therapy in couples therapy. When we meet I first educate couples on different techniques and ways of addressing different problems. While communications training is often a focus of couple therapy, psychoeducation is another valuable way to address issues.

For those seeing me for educational issues such as a suspected learning disorder, I provide full psychoeducation all assessments including ADHD assessments and diagnosis. A number of family doctors send their patients to me for a comprehensive diagnosis evaluation, especially young adults entering college or university seeking to continue with educational accommodations.

I can usually see patients within 2-4 weeks, and don't schedule out past that time. My fees are those recommended by the BC Psychological Association, $200.00 per session. Assessments, such as a psychoeducational or autism assessment are seldom higher than $1,950.00. ADHD assessments are $700.00  Psychological services are not covered by MSP, however some or all of the costs my be reimbursed by your extended health care plan. You will need to check with your plan, as coverage varies greatly.


For more information please visit my website at www.relatedminds.com. My office is located in Burnaby at the Production Way Skytrain station. You will find my contact information on my website. The best way to contact me is through email. Because of the volume of calls and correspondence I answer most emails and calls during office hours on Wed/Thurs/Fridays.