Improving the lives of children

Heartwood House Child Assessment Team

What we do

The Heartwood House Child Assessment Team offers clinical diagnostic assessments of children with complex developmental and behavioural conditions and experiences of trauma.

Services are provided by a psychologist and/or pediatrician depending on the specific concerns to be assessed.

Assessments include a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s specific risk and protective factors, strengths, and functional difficulties; tailored expert recommendations; completion of funding and service eligibility forms; and referrals to intervention programs within The Children’s Foundation and the community.

The Heartwood House Child Assessment Team currently offers clinical diagnostic assessment of children and youth with Complex Developmental and Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, complex behaviour disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities. 

You can expect

• A non-judgmental, compassionate atmosphere where children and families feel safe and supported through the assessment process.

• An understanding of each child’s strengths and needs, and how to effectively assist and support them.

• To learn how to recognize and effectively cope with and manage complex challenges.

• Recommendations that help to strengthen families, increase resilience to adversity and stress and promote healthy child development.

Contact us

The Heartwood House Child Assessment Team offers fee-for-service assessments. Some assessments may be partially or fully funded through extended health insurance plans or contracts with community agencies.

Referrals are accepted from other programs within The Children’s Foundation, community physicians and health care providers, families, schools, and community agencies and professionals.  Please complete the referral form below and send to Dr. Julie Desroches by email, fax or mail.


Program Contact:

Dr. Julie Desroches
2750 East 18th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 4W8
Tel: (604) 434-9101