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Northwestern Medicine child with teacher playing with toy pediatric behavioral healthNorthwestern Medicine behavioral and developmental specialists offer a wide range of services tailored to your child’s specific needs. Services include:

  • Assistance in accessing community and educational services
  • Autism diagnosis and follow-up care
  • Birth to age three developmental diagnosis and early intervention
  • Speech and occupational therapies

You can expect our specialists to spend ample time with you and your child to discover your child’s unique difficulties and strengths and to better understand your family situation. In some cases, physicians from other specialties will join the care team—with every pediatric specialist focused on medical management and support for your child’s developmental progress and success.

Multidisciplinary team approach

A spirit of collaboration is vital when it comes to addressing behavioral and developmental problems. The professionals on the pediatric developmental and behavioral health team are committed to providing skilled, compassionate care in an environment targeted to the needs of your child and your family. The multidisciplinary team2 includes:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital specialists, board-certified in pediatrics and developmental pediatrics
  • Registered nurses
  • Speech and occupational therapists
  • Child development specialist
  • Child psychologist

Conditions

When it comes to diagnosing and treating your infant, child or adolescent’s medical condition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital1 offers the kind of care every parent hopes for in a location that’s close to home, including:

  • A comprehensive range of nationally recognized specialty care
  • Convenient access to more than 150 pediatric specialists at Central DuPage Hospital, Delnor Hospital and the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center3
  • The latest advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies

In addition, the CDH Pediatric Emergency Department is IDPH Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics (EDAP) and is designated by the State of Illinois as a Level II Trauma Center.


Counseling for Adolescents and Young Children

If your child is experiencing problems at home or at school, counseling can help. Family sessions or one-on-one therapy can give your child a safe environment to share feelings and learn ways to deal with problems. Children who are stressed or anxious can especially benefit from counseling to help identify challenges and develop tools to address them.

Adolescents are not children, yet not quite adults and this in-between stage can be a difficult and emotional time. As adolescents mature and become more independent, they experience stress due to school, relationships with peers and family, self image, and due to pressure to take on more responsibilities. Talking to a therapist can be beneficial for a young adult in coping with these changes and dealing with confusing situations and feelings.

Our trained therapists can assist teenagers and their parents in navigating the rough waters and tough choices they may encounter during this period in their lives.

Why Choose Group Therapy?

Group therapy has been proven to be a positive and influential form of therapy for many individuals. Therapeutic principles of group therapy include development of socialization techniques, self-understanding, interpersonal learning, recognition of shared experiences and feelings, and increased self-esteem.

Making Counseling Convenient

The professionals at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Behavioral Health Services tailor the goals of counseling to meet your individual needs, with:

  • Day and evening hours
  • Convenient locations
  • Health insurance billing

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital contracts with a variety of insurance companies. If you have questions about billing and insurance, please contact the service location.

Psychiatry in DeKalb County

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital psychiatrists provide medication management and therapy for individuals age 18 and over.

In the event of a crisis after hours, call 800.373.3327. A counselor will be paged.

Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS) with Ben Gordon Center

Supportive services for youth age 21 and younger who have experienced a behavioral health crisis. Individuals accessing these services can elect to receive case management, therapy/counseling, psychiatry, and/or referral and linkage support.

The SASS program is responsible for providing:

  • Rapid response pre-admission psychiatric hospitalization screenings;
  • Crisis intervention and stabilization services;
  • Support to children and families when a child is hospitalized;
  • Support to children and families when a child is maintained in the community in lieu of psychiatric hospitalization;
  • Family engagement and treatment in the home and other community-based settings;
  • Home-based family supports;
  • Case management across the systems in which the child and family are involved;
  • Family Resource Developer support;
  • Psychiatric services, including medication management, as needed;
  • Discharge planning during the child’s hospitalization to ensure immediate access to intensive community-based care; and
  • Post-crisis care coordination, helping children transition to non-crisis service and treatment.

* Funding provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Legal Information
1

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital is a collaborative program between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Lurie Children's and its affiliated physician groups. The physicians participating in this program are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2

In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.

3

The physicians who practice at the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. These physicians have selected our facilities as the place where they want to treat and care for their private patients.