If you feel like 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 innovative 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?
Sometimes the specifics of psychological or cognitive challenges in children and adolescents are difficult to assess through face-to-face interviews alone. To supplement those interviews, we look to the latest neuropsychological research and leading-edge 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 and social emotional struggles.
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. Testing takes two days 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.
Following the completion of testing, we provide thorough written and oral feedback. Additionally, where appropriate we reach out to schools, the child's counselors, tutors and the child's specialty physicians.
How Our Testing Works
When a child or adolescent comes to us for a neuropsychological assessment, he or she first will meet with one of our licensed clinical psychologists who specializes in assessment. Our dedicated team ensures the process is simple and effective.
The assessment itself takes two days – one full day and one half day. 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.
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:
- Anxiety disorders
- Autism Spectrum disorders
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Executive functioning difficulties
- Learning disorders
- Language disorders
- Poor school performance
- Social skills difficulties
Location, Contact & Payment Details
All of our neuropsychological testing for the entire Chicagoland area happens at our downtown Chicago office, located at 8 S. Michigan Ave.
Insurance will often cover a portion of these assessment services.
Please call us at 847-733-4300 ext. 263 if you have questions or to schedule an appointment.