FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Assessment

When are psychological/neuropsychological evaluations typically performed?
Neuropsychological testing is commonly performed with children when there is a question of giftedness, learning issues, an attentional disorder (ADHD), or a developmental disorder.

How do I know if my child needs an evaluation?
The psychologists at CNC will work with you to determine whether an evaluation is necessary based on parent and teacher concerns and prior assessments. In cases that testing has been completed by schools or other assessors an abbreviated evaluation may be indicated.

What should I tell my child about the evaluation?
Information provided to your child is based on his or her developmental level. We encourage parents to minimize possible testing anxiety by discussing the evaluation in a causal way. Children should be informed that they will be working with a psychologist on different types of activities to better understand how they think and learn. Some of the activities may be easy and some might be more challenging.

My child is currently taking medication. Should s/he take medication as prescribed during testing?
Except in unique circumstances, children should continue to take their medication as usual during testing sessions.

What can I expect from an evaluation?
Psychological/neuropsychological assessment typically includes an initial intake session to gather information, two or three half-day testing sessions, a parent and child feedback session and a school feedback session. At the time of parent feedback, families will be provided with a comprehensive report detailing each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Areas typically assessed include: cognitive skills, attention, executive functioning, memory, language, academic (reading, math, written expression) and social-emotional (social skills, mood, anxiety, peer relationships) functioning.

Who conducts the evaluation? Do you ever use graduate students, trainees, or technicians?
The evaluations are completed by a doctoral-level, licensed clinical psychologist. We do not use students or technicians for any part of the evaluation.

Do you collaborate with schools regarding psychological/neuropsychological assessment findings?
The psychologists at CNC specialize in providing cognitive behavioral (CBT) and behavioral therapy (BT). These therapies are structured, goal-oriented, short-term treatments focused on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Behavioral therapy includes collaboration with parents to manage challenging behaviors such as temper tantrums, non-compliance, and aggression.

Treatment

What type of therapy is offered?
The psychologists at CNC specialize in providing cognitive behavioral (CBT) and behavioral therapy (BT). These therapies are structured, goal-oriented, short-term treatments focused on the relationships between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Behavioral therapy includes collaboration with parents to address child managing challenging behaviors such as temper tantrums, non-compliance, and aggression.

Fees & Payment

Do you accept insurance?
Although we do not accept insurance we are happy to provide you with a statement that includes the information that insurance companies require to process claims.

Do you accept online payments?
We are currently unable to accept online payments.

What forms of payment do you accept?
The Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

What is your fee policy?
CNC is a fee-for-service practice. Payment is expected at time of service. Testing and therapy are billed at an hourly rate. Psychological testing fees include time spent in administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing. Before testing is initiated you will be provided with an estimate of total time and cost. Therapy is billed based on a clinical hour (45 – 60 minutes). Extended time is billed at 15 minute increments.

When will I be charged for my therapy and testing sessions?
For therapy sessions, payment is expected at the time of service. Testing fees are typically divided into two payments. The first payment is due at the time of intake. The second payment is due on the last day of testing.

What is your cancellation policy?
We ask that you provide at least 24 hour notice regarding cancellations to avoid being charged for that time.

Other questions

Do you prescribe medication?
Licensed Clinical Psychologists are not permitted to prescribe medication in the state of Illinois. If medication is being considered, we can provide an appropriate referral.

Where is CNC located and where should I park?
We are located in Suite 203 at 601 Skokie Boulevard in Northbrook, Illinois. The building shares a parking lot with Prairie Grass Café. Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building.