Brenda Kooyman, Registered Psychologist
Brenda Kooyman is a Registered Psychologist with a strong interest in children and learning. She graduated with a BA and B.Ed. and taught Elementary School for eight years. While raising her family, she taught a primary oral French program, ran a study program for GATE students, and ran Reading Rescue, an elementary school reading intervention program for At Risk children. Reading Rescue ran in the school using parent volunteers as tutors. She provided advanced reading/writing intervention and tutoring at both Calgary Academy and Foothills Academy. After earning her M.Ed. in Applied Psychology, she worked in assessment, programming, and intervention at both Third Academy and on the Siksika Treaty Lands.
Brenda holds a diverse set of qualifications including French as a Second Language, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, and reading program for children on the Autism Spectrum. She is experienced with and uses expressive Play-Based Therapy when counselling children..
Brenda specializes in helping children be the best they can be through an understanding of their strengths and areas of need, learning styles, and use of individualized programming and scaffolding. She has over ten years experience as a psychologist working with young children, school age children, teens, and young adults in a educational setting. Her experience as a teacher gives her a unique perspective when conducting in-school assessments, preparing recommendations for learning, and working with schools to set up appropriate accommodations and IPPs. Brenda is also experienced with the challenges of Gifted Learners.
Brenda can perform many assessments including Psycho educational, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Specific Learning Disorders (SLD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Career Assessments and Planning, and Giftedness.
Her wish for every child is: To Connect – To Count – To Feel Capable – To Have Courage and Hope – To Succeed
Areas of Specialization:
-Preparation of Individual Program Plans (IPP’s)
-Play Based Counselling for Children aged 3 – 12 and their parents