How can neuropsychological testing benefit my child?
- Testing can identify your child’s learning style and cognitive strengths.
- Additionally, an evaluation will help our neuropsychologists recommend adjustments to implement at school and/or at home.
- Furthermore, neuropsychological testing can help determine any appropriate therapies such as speech or Applied Behavior Analysis.
My child has a recommendation for a neuropsychological evaluation, now what?
- First, schedule an appointment. Testing appointments are available Monday to Friday, and all appointments begin at 9 a.m.
- Next, your doctor provides you with parent and teacher rating scales that you will fill out and return on the day of the testing appointment.
- Lastly, a Family Child Advocate will work with you to schedule the testing and feedback appointments.
Where is pediatric neuropsychological testing done?
All neuropsychology testing is currently carried out in our Des Plaines clinic. The Early Childhood Developmental Assessments take place in multiple clinics. Additionally, the intake and neuropsych testing appointment take place in our Des Plaines clinic, and the speech and OT appointments typically scheduled in the clinic nearest the family.
In order to help accommodate families, our 3 psychologists visit other clinics for intakes and feedbacks. See our website for scheduling.
Who conducts neuropsychological testing?
Conducting the appointment is one of our expertly-trained, master’s level neuropsychology technicians or doctoral-level diagnostic students. These professionals go through the same rigorous training program as our in-house technicians. Testing is monitored throughout the day by one of our psychologists and Training Coordinator.
Due to this testing model, we are able to see upwards of 20 kids per week! As a result, this means less time until you and your child can begin the process of getting the help he/she needs! Certainly, we do our best to get your child in for testing in a timely manner to avoid any long wait lists.
NSPT offers services in the following locations: Bucktown, Evanston, Deerfield, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines, and Mequon!
If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (866) 815-6592 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates!
A child receives a referral for neuropsychological testing when there are concerns about one or more areas of development. Certainly, these areas of concern can include cognition, academics, attention, memory, language, socialization, emotional regulation, behavioral concerns, motor difficulties, visual-spatial, and adaptive functioning. Testing can identify your child’s learning style and cognitive strengths. Lastly, through testing, our neuropsychologists can recommend accommodations to implement at school and at home.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation aids the psychologist in determining a diagnosis.
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Specific Learning Disorder
- Language Disorder
- Emotional and behavioral disorders
How do I know if my child needs a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation?
An evaluation is usually recommended if your child has a medical condition such as Down syndrome, epilepsy, or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). So, the goal of the evaluation is to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. With this information, we can provide the right treatment recommendations, determine progress and response to intervention, and monitor functioning.
After your pediatrician has made a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation, you need to schedule an intake appointment. Typically, each intake appointment is one hour long.
Is my child eligible for testing at NSPT’s neuropsychological testing center?
Due to our growing team, we are able to test a larger population. Most noteworthy, we offer three types of testing services:
- Early Childhood Developmental Assessment
This is a multidisciplinary approach where our team works with a speech therapist and occupation therapist to assess children ages 15 months to 3 years, 11 months with developmental concerns ranging from socialization, language, and motor development. Each of the 3 scheduled testing appointments are typically on separate days.
- Neuropsychological Evaluation
NSPT’s standard neuropsychological evaluation for individuals ages 4 through college-age.
- Adult ADHD assessment
This is a new service we are now offering to adults who are interested in an ADHD evaluation. Typically, this is a one-day, 4-hour evaluation.
- Early Childhood Developmental Assessment
What should I expect during the neuropsychological intake?
- Your first appointment is centered around talking with the psychologist about your areas of concern. Therefore, you will be asked to do the following:
- Provide information about your child’s history.
- Including medical, developmental, academic, attention, behavior, motor, and social history.
- Inform the psychologist of any current, or past, services your child receives, such as:
- speech-language therapy
- occupational therapy
- physical therapy
- individual therapy
- academic tutoring
What to bring to the neuropsychological intake:
- You and your child
- Completed intake paperwork
- Similarly, any prior psychological/neuropsychological evaluation (if applicable)
- Your child’s most recent 504 Plan or IEP (if applicable)
- Additionally, any recent private intervention evaluation (e.g., speech-language therapy, occupational therapy)
- Certainly, don’t forget your child’s most recent report card or standardized exam scores
- Finally, any relevant medical information (e.g., EEG report, CT/MRI scan report)
Lastly, after the intake, you will schedule the testing session for your child. Most of the time, testing is completed in one day (5 hours of testing). Occasionally, the testing will be completed over two days. The psychologist will create a neuropsychological battery based on the areas of concern. However, the battery is subject to adjustment on the day of testing. Typically, this occurs if another area of concern arises during the testing session.
NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Deerfield, Lincolnwood, Glenview, Lake Bluff, Des Plaines and Mequon! If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (866) 815-6592 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates!
Many times parents fear an autism diagnosis because they do not want a stigma for their child. However, it is important to understand that an appropriate diagnosis is the first piece of the puzzle. For those brave souls who don’t stop until they have the correct answer, the payoff is worth the effort and pain. A good diagnosis and evaluation should serve as a means of identifying appropriate and practical recommendations as well as a basis for progress monitoring from the intervention. At North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s Neuropsychological Center in Illinois, we utilize clinical testing to help identify the most appropriate diagnosis.
The Autism Testing Process at NSPT-Diagnosing Your Child:
Neuropsychological testing is an empirically supported way of assessing a child’s cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. The evaluation occurs over three days with an intake session, the actual testing day, and the feedback session.
- Intake: The intake session is when the parents and child attend a formal meeting to discuss concerns. It is important that child attends the session as the neuropsychologist would want to attain some basic information regarding the child’s verbal functioning, social skills, and attentional regulation. Parents understandably do not want to speak in front of their child about concerns they have. We understand that and will ensure our best that the child is in a separate room when parents are talking about specific concerns.
- Testing: The testing session consists of ascertaining information from a variety of resources including parents, teachers, outside practitioners (any therapist working with the child or family), behavioral observations, as well as the child’s performance on a variety of assessment measures. Testing is intensive and lasts upwards of four to five hours. The focus is to provide quantified information regarding the child’s functioning across a variety of domains and also to look for consistent patterns across performance.
- Feedback: The feedback session is the most important aspect of the evaluation. This is the meeting in which the parents are provided information regarding the diagnosis that is given as well as what the next steps are to ensure that the child is able to progress to his or her potential. Read here for more on what to expect after neuropsychological testing.
- Follow-up: The next step is for the neurologist to re-evaluate the child in six month’s to one years time (depending on the intervention that was prescribed) in order to monitor progress the interventions and to help progress monitor if additional supports or services are needed.
Be a Smart Detective When Seeking an Autism Diagnosis for Your Child:
For those parents with the courage to dive into discovering the diagnosis behind your child’s challenges, I say kudos to you! Those parents are the real child-advocates. Kick start your child’s success with a deep dive into your child’s diagnosis by seeking a neuropsychologist. I, Dr. Greg Stasi along with my colleague Dr. Amy Wolok provide in depth Autism Spectrum testing at our Neuropsychology Center in Chicago, IL. Our Center works alongside the many other therapists at North Shore Pediatric Therapy’s Glenview, Highland Park, Bucktown, Evanston and Lincolnwood Clinics to provide a comprehensive team all working together to help your child reach his or her potential. The neuropsychological evaluation is designed to help identify what specific strengths and weaknesses a child is exhibiting which leads to the best diagnosis and most importantly the most efficacious intervention.