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 focuses heavily on research to better understand what causes these delays and 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 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 Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Language 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.
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.