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Pediatric Psychological Testing Services in DeKalb County

Pediatric psychological testing can help clarify, confirm or rule out particular diagnoses and/or answer specific questions about your child’s current level of psychological functioning and needs.

The Testing Process

At Northwestern Medicine, the pediatric psychological testing process typically starts with a clinical assessment interview with you (caregiver) and your child conducted by a licensed clinical psychologist. This process will help clarify what you hope to have answered via pediatric psychological testing and whether this service will meet your needs.

If testing is recommended, the psychologist will obtain information relevant to attaining the objectives for the testing. That often will involve collecting/reviewing information from sources such as:

  • Interviews with you, your child and others who may have relevant information to share
  • Relevant records, such as from your child’s school, medical providers, behavioral health care, and/or early intervention services
  • Rating scales and questionnaires completed by you, your child’s teacher(s) and/or others with relevant information
  • Clinical observations of your child’s behavior during the initial intake/assessment and the subsequent testing appointment
  • Data obtained through standardized psychological assessment measures, such as self-report rating scales and measures directly assessing skills/development in a particular area
  • A medical evaluation (history and exam) conducted by a pediatrician on the Pediatric Psychological Testing team
  • Additional multidisciplinary staff on the Pediatric Psychological Testing team

Once the information is collected, the psychologist integrates and interprets all the data to form conclusions addressing the questions identified in the initial appointment. With the support of the Pediatric Psychological Testing team, the psychologist will make determinations regarding which diagnoses, if any, best account for your child’s symptoms. Then, you will receive recommendations regarding how to best address their needs going forward. This information will be shared during a meeting between you (caregiver), your child and the psychologist at the end of the testing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of pediatric psychological testing?

Pediatric psychological testing, similar to a medical test, can help determine the cause of symptoms and the best plan of care for your child.

How do I know if my child needs pediatric psychological testing?

Pediatric psychological testing may be recommended by a professional, or you may independently choose to seek pediatric psychological testing.

What types of questions are commonly addressed via pediatric psychological testing?

During pediatric psychological testing we'll answer a number of questions you may have about your child's behavior or diagnosis.

Who is involved in the pediatric psychological testing process?

Our multidisciplinary team includes a licensed clinical child and adolescent psychologist, a board-certified pediatrician, and a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.