Pediatric Neuropsychology Testing

Who should get a Neuropsychological evaluation?

Clinical Neuropsychology is the practice of assessing, diagnosing and, in some cases ruling out a diagnoses, of development concerns such as autism, ADHD, and cognitive delays. Our team also utilizes up-to-date and current research to provide the most comprehensive understanding of the causes surrounding these delays and to enhance our diagnostic program.

A child may be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation when there are concerns about one or more areas of their development. This can include a child’s cognition or  cognitive development, academics, memory, language, social skills, self-regulation, emotions, behavior, motor skills, visual-spatial abilities, and adaptive functioning.

This type of evaluation can help rule out diagnoses such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity DisorderAutism Spectrum DisorderSpecific Learning DisorderLanguage Disorder, as well as various emotional and behavioral disorders. A neuropsychological evaluation can also be helpful if your child has been diagnosed with a medical condition such as Down Syndrome or other genetic disorders, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Epilepsy. The purpose of the evaluation is to identify a child’s patterns of strengths and challenges in order to provide parents, schools, and other providers with strategies to help them succeed across a variety of environments. It can also be used to track a child’s progress and response to targeted interventions.

The NSPT neuropsychology department provides services to improve the social, psychological, and academic lives of children and their families. North Shore Pediatric Therapy provides diagnostic and testing services at our Neuropsychology Testing Center in Des Plaines. For initial intakes and feedback, our doctors are available at a clinic near you. For our list of services offered closest to you or for more information, please call us today at (877) 486 4140 or drop us a note on our contact page.

Why NSPT?

Additional Team Members

In order to serve you better and provide quicker service with more expertise, our department has grown to consist of two neuropsychologists on staff, a licensed clinical psychologist, two expertly trained neuropsychological technicians and several graduate students from top training programs in the Chicago area.

Less Wait Time

One of the aspects that the Neuropsychology Department prides itself on is efficiency. We realize that when a family comes in for an evaluation there is a need for immediate information and treatment planning. Many other clinics in the area may take months to provide testing for patients. NSPT is staffed to make sure all clients are taken care of as soon as possible. The neuropsychologists strive to have a short wait list and also guarantee that the report will be mailed out within two weeks.

Training Program

The Neuropsychology Department also has developed an upper level graduate student training program. These students, who are pursuing their doctorate in clinical psychology, will have an opportunity to focus on developing their assessment and intervention skills. The standardized curriculum will enable the graduate students to develop their skill sets and knowledge with regard to neuropsychological assessment, diagnoses, various empirically supported interventions, and neuroanatomy.

Research

NSPT is proud to announce the development of a research department. The Neuropsychology Department has formed a working relationship with several clinical psychology graduate programs in the area. NSPT neuropsychologists and the post-doctoral fellow will help lead various research projects with masters and doctoral level graduate students. In the past few years, NSPT has had several poster presentations at a national conference along with four publications in highly respected empirical journals.

Roberts, C., Stasi, G., Schleser, R. (2013).
Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis: A Case Study Comparing  Features at Onset and Post-Treatment .
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27.

 

Franzwa, M., Stasi, G. (2013).
Cognitive Profiles of Fragile X Syndrome Across Genders: A Case Study.
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 27. 

Dodzik, P., Stemmler, C., Stasi, G., Roberts, C. (2012).
Measuring Social Skills in Children with and without Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Are We Really Just Measuring IQ?
Applied Neuropsychology, Taylor & Francis Group; Philadelphia.

Stemmler, C., Dodzik, P., Stasi, G., Roberts, C. (2012).
Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Social Skills Deficits in Children with and without Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Applied Neuropsychology, Taylor & Francis Group; Philadelphia.

Communication With Outside Resources

The Neuropsychology Department puts a major emphasis on having constant and transparent communication with outside resources such as the child’s parents, pediatrician, psychiatrist, neurologist, and academic staff. The goal of the neuropsychologist is to ensure that the architecture of the child’s needs is established and that all individuals, who are part of the team working with that child, have the necessary blueprint to ensure success.

Client Reviews

My husband and I were so impressed with our experience at your clinic. We had anxieties about having our 4 year old evaluated – but we couldn’t be happier with the experience and with the results. We now feel like we have a more comprehensive understanding of our son’s strengths and weaknesses. We feel like we know better as parents how to help him reach his full potential.

Anne J

Our son Ian received two evaluations by Dr. Greg Stasi & we were very impressed with the thoroughness of the evaluations & the time Dr. Stasi took to explain the results. It was extremely beneficial in determining what treatment Ian would receive both at NSPT & in school.

Stephanie L.