Child Development Clinic in Northern Illinois

The Child Development Clinic in Sycamore offers a full range of behavioral health services for children, adolescents, and families. The goal of our multidisciplinary team is to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement that will assist you in helping your child become a successful adult.

The clinic provides assessment and treatment for a range of developmental, behavioral, and emotional issues in children and adolescents, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Anger management
  • Autism
  • Asperger's
  • Behavior problems
  • Learning disabilities

Multidisciplinary Child Development Team

The Child Development Clinic has a multidisciplinary team of qualified healthcare providers to evaluate your child and provide an individualized care plan. Clinic team members include:

  • Psychiatrist – provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
  • Registered nurse—fulfills the role of team leader and case manager
  • Pediatrician—provides medical consultation
  • Licensed clinical psychologist—reviews information gathered in evaluations and consults on diagnoses
  • Child’s teachers—provide useful information on behaviors at school
  • School counselor/school psychologist/school nurse (if applicable)
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • You and your child

Assessment

The Development Clinic provides comprehensive testing services for a variety of developmental, cognitive, and behavioral issues, including:

  • Academic achievement
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Cognitive testing
  • Developmental assessment
  • Depression
  • Disruptive behavior/noncompliance
  • Fears/phobias

Assessment services begin with an initial intake appointment. In the assessment, you, your child, and the clinician will discuss:

  • Relevant information about your child
  • Concerns you have
  • Questions you would like addressed during the evaluation

Medication Management

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) medications treat symptoms, but do not cure illnesses themselves. The goal of AD/HD medication is to reduce intensity and frequency of symptoms. Research supports that the best treatment for this disorder combines medication management with counseling therapy, if indicated.

Through medication management, your child’s physician monitors his or her response to medication, side effects, dangerous drug interactions, and complications.

Medication management visits are scheduled only if you choose to treat your child’s AD/HD symptoms with medication. In medication management:

  • A nurse discusses symptoms, as well as any possible side effects from the medication
  • Appointments typically last between 20-30 minutes
  • In the beginning, follow-up appointments are more frequent in order to properly evaluate current status, response to treatment, and side effects
  • Concerns are shared with the physician who will adjust medication type or dosage
  • Once dosage is stabilized, usually within the first six months, appointments are required at least three times per year.

Treatment

Treatment services at begin with an initial intake appointment with the clinician. During this time, the clinician gains information about your child, discusses concerns you may have, and establishes overall treatment goals. At the end of the appointment, the clinician provides you with some initial impressions regarding the course and focus of treatment.

Treatment is available in three different settings:

  • Individual - During individual treatment, the clinician meets individually with the child/adolescent to work on treatment goals developed during the initial meeting. The clinician usually meets with parents/caregivers at the end of the appointment to discuss progress and any home-based practice assigned as part of treatment.
  • Family - In a family treatment setting, the clinician meets with child(ren)/parents to work on treatment goals developed during the initial meeting.
  • Group - During group treatment, the clinician meets with a group of children to work on similar areas/skills identified in the initial appointment. Each week, there is typically a topic discussed with in-session practice of the skill, and weekly “homework” is usually given so the child can practice the skill at home, in school, or in a community setting. Parents are included as part of the treatment to help support children in applying the skills they’ve learned.

The clinic offers groups designed to help improve social skills and promote positive peer interactions for children ages 6-9. Our groups are ongoing and typically run on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 pm for 8-week sessions.