Notice about COVID-19:

We’re Here For You

Psychology is an essential service. The response to COVID-19 has forced us all to make big changes in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, but our offices have not closed and we’ve stayed open to referrals for psychological assessment and treatment.

For the safety of clients, our staff, and the whole community, we’re providing a combination of telehealth and in-person services.

Telehealth (video and voice-only): We’re conducting most appointments through telehealth, either through a secure video call or by voice only. For video appointments, we use two user-friendly applications—zoom and Voice only meetings can be by phone or by as voice only.

In-Person: When we do conduct psychological services in-person, we meet or exceed public health recommendations for safe delivery of services like ours. For example, we’ve greatly limited the number of people coming to our offices, disinfecting surfaces between meetings as well as part-way through longer meetings, and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.

We expect to be able to offer all parts of psychological and psychoeducational assessment via telehealth soon.

If you have questions about any of our safety practices, please get in touch.

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Interventions for Learning

Once the way in which a person learns is better understood, the psychologists at Red Ladder Optimized Learning are generally in a better position to provide focused interventions aimed at optimizing a clientʼs situation at school, at home, and elsewhere. Here are examples of common interventions following from evaluation.

Individual counseling and coaching, or psychotherapy: During treatment, a psychologist works to help a client or patient to understand his or her challenges more fully, and to make best possible use of strengths to compensate for challenges.

Family Therapy or Parent Consultation are often invaluable parts of helping children and teens. Parents learn how best to support their children at home and how to communicate with their child's school most effectively at school and advocate positively for their child. Group-based treatment for children, teens, and their parents may be helpful for such issues as Coping with Anxiety, Managing ADHD, Improving Self Esteem, Managing Anger, Building Organizational Skills, Managing Stress.

Referrals: Where appropriate, we provide referrals to occupational therapists, reading clinicians, speech and language clinicians, audiologists, optometrists, tutors, and physicians. Consultation: It is sometimes helpful for us to provide information about a clientʼs situation to a school, workplace, or government body, with the client's permission. Information may relate to the personʼs needing special support in school, for example, or a health benefit from an insurer, or our opinion may be relevant to a disability claim.

Academic and Test Accommodations may be required for Elementary through High School students, or in College and University. A personʼs learning style may require accommodations for Professional Examinations (e.g. LSAT, MCAT).

Learning Disabilities and Adulthood

It is never too late to get help for learning disabilities. Testing specialists are available for people of all ages, and assistance is available for every stage of life. Taking the initiative to seek out support and services is the first step in dealing learning disabilities. Many adults (some of whom are unaware of their LDs) have developed ways to cope with their difficulties and are able to lead successful lives. LDs shouldn't hinder a person from attaining goals. Regardless of the situation, understanding the specific challenges and learning strategies to deal with LDs directly at every stage can alleviate a lot of frustration and make successful living much easier.

Depending on the type of learning disability and its severity, as well as the person's age, different kinds of assistance can be provided. Each type of strategy should be considered when planning instructions and support at a school or in the workplace. Finding the most beneficial type of support is a process of trying different ideas and openly exchanging thoughts on what works best. Under the Charter of Rights and Freedom and Human Rights Acts of individual provinces and territories, people of all ages with LDs are protected against discrimination and have a right to different forms of assistance in the classroom and workplace.