Hamilton Psychological Services

1057 Main St. W, Suite 2-01 Hamilton, ON • 905-527-5991 • 1-877-527-5991 • info@hamiltonpsych.ca



"Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
Khalil Gibran


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Helpful Links

About Learning Disabilities:
All Kinds of Minds
Learning Disabilities Association

For Kids and Teens:
Mind Your Mind
Kids Help Phone

For Parents
Books
Kids' Mental Health Ontario
Lives in the Balance

For everyone
Help Centre
Mood Disorders Association
Canadian Mental Health Assoc.

Professional Organizations
Ontario Psychological Association
Canadian Psychological Assoc.
College of Psychologists of Ontario

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Services

logoAssessment and Diagnosis

A comprehensive psychological assessment can be helpful to determine if a child or adolescent has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when there are concerns about:

Assessments to detect ASD are available at Hamilton Psychological Services for toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, and adolescents.

A comprehensive assessment for ASD includes direct testing with the child or adolescent, including cognitive or other psychoeducational measures and ASD-specific tools (e.g., ADOS-2). Detailed information is also collected from parents and teachers (or daycare providers) through interviews and questionnaires. When possible, younger children are also observed at school or daycare to see how they interact with others in their everyday environment.

Following the assessment, a report is prepared that discusses the child’s strengths and needs and includes recommendations about how to best support the child at home, school, and in the community. It also includes conclusions about if the child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger’s Disorder) or if there may be another diagnosis that better explains the child’s strengths and needs. The report, outcome, and recommendations are shared with parents during a feedback meeting at the end of the assessment.

logoParent Consultation and Coaching

Consultation and coaching are available for parents of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This service can be helpful when parents need help with or are unsure about how to manage challenging behaviours. It can also be helpful for parents who want ideas about supporting the development of communication, play, social, or coping skills.

Parent consultations typically take place in the office setting and do not include the child. This is a time for parents to get ideas and trouble-shoot tricky situations with the psychologist. After an initial consultation, parents can also request coaching sessions if they want additional supports. During a coaching session, the psychologist observes the parent(s) and child interacting and then provides suggestions to the parents about how to enhance the interaction to meet their goals. Coaching sessions can occur in the office, at home, or in the community. The location is decided in discussion with the psychologist about what is most appropriate and helpful for the child and family.

logoIndividual Therapy

School-aged children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder can benefit from individual therapy, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This therapy can address a number of concerns, including: anxiety, anger management, emotional or self-regulation, self-esteem, coping skills, and social skills.

logoApplied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Consultation

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) treatment for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an effective way to promote skill development and decrease challenging behaviours. Dr. Franks works with a team of skilled ABA therapists, including a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, who provide ABA and IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) treatment to children and youth with ASD. In this role, Dr. Franks supports treatment by answering questions and making recommendations about how to best meet the child’s needs and promote the development of their skills.

logoIntensive Behavioral Intervention (IBI) Clinical Supervision

Dr. Franks is also available to be a clinical supervisor for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) programs for children receiving services through the Direct Funding Option (DFO). In this role, Dr. Franks oversees the development of the child’s IBI programming. She also works with parents and the IBI team to ensure that programming is as effective as possible to support the child’s development.