The School Psychology Clinic

@ Midtown Psychology.ca

“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”

Sir Ken Robinson

School Psychology Specialists

@ MIdtown Psychological Services


Psychoeducational Assessments, Gifted Testing & Youth Counselling

Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych.,
Registered Clinical & School Psychologist

Welcome to the School Psychology Clinic @ Midtown Psychological Services. As clinical and school psychology specialists, our clinic warmly welcomes students six years of age and older. Whether you’re a gifted student or one who really struggles, it helps to know what you’re good at and what gets in your way. Through a comprehensive psychological and/or psychoeducational assessment we are able to work with you to identify your unique learning needs and strengths. We are fully licensed to diagnose learning, developmental and neurocognitive disorders (e.g., adhd) and we strive to provide you with evidence based recommendations that will set you up for success. After taking a look at our website, we invite you to give us a call and we’ll be pleased to answer your questions.

Psychoeducational Assessments

Did you know?

If you have difficulties learning or expressing what you know and/or in a timely way, you may qualify for accommodations at school, your place of employment, admissions exams or professional licensing exams (e.g. GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, CFP, CSC, etc.).

Learning Disabilities

We are pleased to provide licensed diagnostic services for the identification of Learning Disabilities in reading, writing, math and oral language development.  Learn more.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Clinical assessments are available to diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related neurocognitive deficits. Learn more.

Developmental Disabilities

Assessment of Mild Intellectual Disabilities and Development Delays including cognitive, academic and daily life skills. Learn more.

Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych. Registered Psychologist
Dr. Donna Reist, PhD., C.Psych.
Registered Psychologist
Angela Massey Garrison
Angela Massey Garrison, MA, OCT Psychoeducational Consultant
Elementary Students around a laptop computer

Gifted Testing

The purpose of gifted testing is to identify students with special learning needs due to their exceptional level of intelligence, as measured on an IQ test.  Students who meet the criteria of the Gifted exceptionality may be formally identified through the Identification Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process, as an exceptional student.  These students may then qualify for placement in a Gifted Program. Learn more.

Young person receiving counselling

Youth Counselling

Coping with stress and suffering is a lifelong journey. It is an inevitable part of being human. We know that like most adults, children are experiencing very high levels of stress in their lives. Learn more.

What is a school psychologist?

School psychologists are a critical part of your child’s school team.  We work collaboratively with teachers and administrators both in schools and privately. Our training and practice relies heavily on evidence-based decision making, accurately identifying problems and making recommendations for interventions that set students up for success.

 School psychologists collect data needed to diagnose and formulate a student’s unique profile of strengths and needs and they work with you to develop effective individual education plans and monitoring strategies.  (Canadian Association of School Psychologists)

School psychologists are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of a broad range of cognitive, learning, and mental health difficulties that can get in the way of academic success.  We administer and interpret a wide range of psychoeducational measures and use clinical assessment tools with increasing sophistication and benefit. 

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Children learn to cope with challenges by watching how their parents manage difficult times.

Check out our self-care tips for parents during #COVID19.

How Testing Kids For Skills Can Hurt Those Lacking Knowledge https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54054/how-testing-kids-for-skills-hurts-those-lacking-knowledge

Important update for parents/guardians regarding the reorganization of some of our elementary schools.

Please review this information carefully to understand how these changes may impact students in both in-person and virtual schools.

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Did you know that my new movie is coming to classrooms across Canada in November? The movie tells the story of how my friends and I stood up with First Nations children and made Jordan’s Principle a reality. To sign up, email ewilliams@fncaringsociety.com.

How Outdoor Learning Can Bring Curiosity and Connection to Education in Tough Times https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/56735/how-outdoor-learning-can-bring-curiosity-and-connection-to-education-in-tough-times

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