Some providers such as clinicians, counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, physical therapists, or speech and language therapists who work with children and adolescents, and/or caregivers, may want a second opinion, or clarification or confirmation of a mental health diagnosis. At ICC psychological evaluation is conducted for clarification of differential diagnosis, and to improve behavioral and mental health care and treatment.
There are many other types of assessments (such as school and kindergarten readiness assessment) that ICC can utilize to help your child and family. Please contact us at (614) 420-0554 to discuss our testing and evaluations services today!
It can be difficult to diagnose mood disorders in children and adolescents, especially because they are not always able to express their feelings. Several of the most common mood disorders in children are major depression, bipolar disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation.
Children with mood disorders can be at risk for other conditions such as anxiety disorders and disruptive behavior. If you have noticed your child has – persistent feelings of sadness or hopeless, low self-esteem, loss of interest in usual activities, difficulty with relationships, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, decreased or increased energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability, or aggression – mood disorder testing may help you better understand the situation and how your child can be helped.
Anxiety is a normal emotion. Some children can manage fear and anxiety on their own, while those with anxiety disorders need additional support. Children with anxiety disorders can’t seem to get rid of their concerns. They may not be able to relax, may startle easily or may have difficulty concentrating. Sometimes parents notice physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, trembling, twitching, irritability, nausea and lightheadedness.
A child’s anxiety disorder can cause such distress that it interferes with their ability to lead a normal life. If not treated, anxiety disorders can get worse. Some anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, specific phobias and generalized anxiety disorder. Properly identifying your child’s anxiety is the first step in helping your child. At ICC, we use specifically designed interviews and assessments to evaluate a child with an anxiety disorder. Early diagnosis, psychoeducation about the disorder and treatment can help limit future impairment.
There are many types of learning disabilities in children. Identifying the area(s) in which your child is having trouble will help determine which particular evaluations might be given. We can help you understand the evaluation process and, after assessment, provide you with recommendations for the services, therapies and educational support your child needs.
None of the symptoms of ADHD by themselves are abnormal. All children feel scattered, unfocused, or distracted at times. Additionally, the symptoms of ADHD are easy to confuse with other concerns, including learning disabilities and emotional issues. For academic, social and mental well being it is important to see a child psychologist to determine if your child’s symptoms are in fact ADHD. At ICC, we conduct comprehensive and multi-method evaluation to assess ADHD.
ICC is an out-of-network provider and does not accept insurance however we will take the time to explain what this means and discuss how you can work directly with your insurance company to receive coverage and/or benefits.
Clinical psychologist at Integrated Child Center (ICC) provide assessment, evaluation and testing for children and adolescents including:
As a parent it may be difficult to face the possibility that your child may be delayed as there may be concerns about your child’s future, and stigma associated with the diagnosis. Children who have an indication of limited intellectual abilities and deficits in adaptive functioning (in the areas of conceptual, social and practical functioning) will need additional support to succeed at school, work or independent life. They can greatly benefit from early intervention and therapies to support their mental, social and educational development.
At ICC, we use clinical and standardized assessments to diagnose intellectual disabilities (formerly known as mental retardation). We work with parents in a compassionate way to educate about the diagnosis and your child’s particular challenges, so that you can help your child achieve success.
Parents may notice unusual behaviors in their toddlers and young children such as failure to make eye contact, lack of response to his or her name, or playing with toys in an unusual, repetitive ways. Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be challenging as there are no specific medical or blood tests available to diagnose. Sometimes ASD can be detected as early as 18 months of age, or even earlier (12 months of age). At ICC, we conduct a comprehensive cognitive abilities, language skills, adaptive skills, and behavioral evaluation to assess for ASD, which can be helpful to understand child's strengths and needs as well as open access to early intervention therapies. We use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), considered a gold standard, for diagnosing autism in toddlers, children and adolescents suspected of having autism spectrum disorder or other pervasive developmental disorders. After completion of testing, we can provide recommendations for genetic testing or sleep evaluation, if necessary.
Gifted and highly intelligent children and adolescents may experience educational and social challenges. Many school systems do an excellent job of identifying and meeting the educational needs of these students, while some do not. Parents of gifted learners may notice that their child is out of sync with the typical learner. The child may appear bored or frustrated, or their curiosity and passion for learning may not fit within the norm of a typical classroom/educational structure. Additionally these students sometimes display social differences and concerns connecting with peers. At ICC gifted and intelligence testing can help assess a child’s unique capabilities and assist families in educational and social planning.