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Neuropsychology

Diagnostic Program

At North Shore Pediatric Therapy

Neuropsychology is the practice of clinical assessment to diagnose development concerns such as autism, ADHD, and cognitive delays. Our team focuses heavily on research to better understand what causes these delays and enhance our diagnostic program.

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. In addition, our doctors are also available at a clinic near you to conduct initial intakes and feedback.

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Should my child get a Neuropsychology Evaluation?

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 cognitive, academic, memory, language, social, self-regulatory, emotional, behavioral, motor, visual-spatial, 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 contexts. It can also be used to track a child’s progress and response to targeted interventions.

WHY NSPT?

We're on the front lines of treatment.

Our Neuropsychology department focuses on testing, research, training, and collaborating both inside and outside the NSPT to further improve our understanding and treatment of ASD and other developmental delays. 

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.

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.

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

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