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

Please note that we are not accepting private community referrals at this time and our contract waitlists are currently closed. 

Referrals for multidisciplinary CDBC assessments and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments can be made instead to Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children or the Asante Centre.  Referrals for psychoeducational assessments and/or ASD assessments can be made to clinics such as Compass Clinic, Able Clinic, Westcoast Child Development Group, or the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic.  


Program Contact:

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