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If you feel like you are not meeting your potential or your child is not meeting his or her potential, we are here to figure out the root cause of the problem and develop a plan to address it. We do this through utilization of the most leading-edge and comprehensive psychological assessments in the field.

Questions we commonly hear from parents seeking a neuropsychological assessment for their child include:

  • Why is our child so uninterested or irritable lately?
  • Does my child have a learning disability?
  • How is our divorce affecting our child?
  • Why does my child have so much trouble focusing at school?

Questions we commonly hear from adults seeking a neuropsychological assessment for themselves include:

  • Why do I have a difficult time focusing?
  • Why am I unable to recall information?
  • Are my thinking abilities impacting my work or college performance?
  • Are my health issues negatively influencing my cognitive functions?

Sometimes the specifics of psychological or cognitive challenges are difficult to assess through face-to-face interviews alone. To supplement those interviews, we look to the latest neuropsychological research and innovative test instruments, which enhance our ability to identify the dimensions and extent of cognitive and emotional problems.

We regularly use formal psychological assessments, typically referred to as “testing,” to do this. In our written reports, common areas of discussion include attention and concentration, intellectual abilities, academic achievement, language skills, visual spatial abilities, executive functioning issues, learning and memory, psychological functioning and social emotional struggles.

Depending on the referral question and age of the client, we are currently conducting either partial or full testing through our encrypted and HIPAA compliant version of Zoom. Any in person testing for the entire Chicagoland area happens at our downtown Chicago office, located at 8 S. Michigan Ave. with health and safety protocols in place.

Insurance will often cover a portion of neuropsychological assessment services.

Please call us at 847-733-4300 if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.

A neuropsych exam and results can come with a lot of emotions. Our psychologist presented the results in a way that was clear, positive and constructive. We have a plan and path to help our daughter thrive.

How Our Testing Works
Child & Adolescent Assessments

Prior to testing, we conduct a short phone conversation with the parents or guardian to determine whether an assessment would be beneficial to the child. On an as-needed basis, a school observation will be completed by the treating psychologist. On the first day of testing, an intake interview is conducted with parents or guardian, and the child depending upon age.

The assessment itself takes two days — one full day and one half day — and the child will meet exclusively with the psychologist during the assessment process. This access to a psychologist during testing is unique to The Family Institute and a benefit because of the focused one-on-one professional attention. The testing process includes hands-on, written and oral tasks, as well as computer generated questionnaires and other testing methods. Our dedicated team ensures the process is simple and effective.

Over the next four to six weeks, our clinical psychologists will write up a detailed report and discuss it with the parents or guardian, reviewing findings and making recommendations. Additionally, where appropriate we reach out to schools, the child’s counselors, tutors and the child’s specialty physicians.

We individualize evaluations to meet each child’s needs. Depending on age and circumstances, this may include:

  • School observation, if appropriate
  • Assessment of the child’s or adolescent’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Consultation with other treating professionals
  • Feedback to parents, school and child

This evaluation can address any of the following or other issues:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Executive functioning difficulties
  • Giftedness
  • Learning disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Poor school performance
  • Social skills difficulties
Adult Assessments

On the first day of testing, an intake interview is conducted by the treating psychologist. Testing takes two days and you will meet exclusively with the psychologist during the assessment process. This access to a psychologist during testing is unique to The Family Institute and a benefit because of the focused one-on-one professional attention. The testing process includes hands-on, written and oral tasks, as well as computer generated questionnaires and other testing methods. Our dedicated team ensures the process is simple and effective.

We individualize evaluations to meet each client’s needs. Depending on your age and circumstances, this may include:

  • Intake interview
  • Assessment of your strengths and weaknesses
  • Consultation with other treating professionals

Your evaluation can address any of the following or other issues:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Depression and other mood disorders
  • Executive functioning difficulties
  • Language disorders
  • Poor college performance
  • Poor work performance 
  • Social skills difficulties
Meet the Leaders in Neuropsychological Assessments

Our psychologists work with children and adolescents as well as adults. Once we understand the causes of your psychological and cognitive struggles, we partner with you to develop a plan to move forward.

How to Get Started With The Family Institute

Before you get started, we recommend that you check with your insurance provider about your coverage for behavioral health services. Some of our therapists are “in-network” with BCBS PPO. If you do not have BCBS PPO or want to see a therapist who is not paneled with BCBS, you may use your “out-of-network” benefits.

If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for services through the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic.

Learn more about billing, insurance, costs & payment options

Matching you with a therapist

To get started, call our Client Care Team at 847-733-4300 or start a chat in this window by clicking on the bubble in the lower right corner of this webpage.

request an appointment

During your call, we will ask questions to match you with the therapist who will best meet your needs; including questions about your goals for care, availability and payment information. Please expect approximately 10 minutes for this call.

Please note, at this time we are only scheduling appointments for teletherapy sessions.

Registering in the portal

After your appointment is scheduled, you will receive an invitation to register for our Patient Portal. Once registered, you can review and sign the service agreement and fill out standard questionnaires we ask all new clients to complete before their first session. You can also set your messaging preferences for appointment reminder notifications.

Patient Portal

Your first session

Your therapist will send you a secure link through which to access your teletherapy appointment. Before your session, download Zoom by visiting zoom.us/support/download and install it on your computer or find it in your mobile or tablet app store.

A quick guide to accessing your teletherapy appointment
Learn more about the security of your teletherapy session
More information about HIPAA & Zoom

Depending on therapy services, your first session(s) — up to three — may include an initial diagnostic assessment, which is charged at 125% of your therapist’s regular fee.

Learn more about billing, insurance, costs & payment options

Right fit

We recognize the importance of “right fit” with your therapist. If, at any time, you feel that you would like to work with a different therapist, please either speak directly with your therapist or contact the Client Care Center via the Patient Portal (Ask a Question to “General Q&A”) or call 847-733-4300 #2.

Learn more

The Family Institute is one of the nation’s leading relationship-based behavioral health organizations committed to strengthening children and adolescents, couples, families and individuals. As researchers, educators and therapists, we work with our clients and partner to see change. Your care is rooted in research and supported by our leading network of therapists.

We look forward to working with you.

Cancellation policy

We request the standard 24-hour notice to cancel an appointment. If 24-hours’ notice is not given, or you miss an appointment, you may be charged the full-fee for your session. This “no show” fee is not covered by insurance.

Please note that 5 business days’ notice is required to cancel neuropsychological assessment appointments.

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