Meet Dr. Brenda
Diagnostic Testing at Westside
The process of diagnostic testing is new for most families and may feel overwhelming at first. At Westside, we do everything to counteract this. We provide a warm, kid-friendly environment that puts families at ease. We use a unique process that provides as much time as needed for families to get questions answered and gain confidence in the path forward. Most importantly, our team led by Dr. Brenda is as supportive and likable as you could ever hope for.
As a long-standing, reputable provider of specialty therapy services to children, Westside is uniquely positioned to complement diagnostic testing with deep expertise in sensory, language, social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and behavioral development. This expertise is used to provide a more comprehensive evaluation of your child during the diagnostic testing process.
Diagnostic testing is effective in the diagnosis for autism. Some of the most common symptoms seen in children with autism include:
- Loss of previously acquired verbal skills
- Unusual response to sensory input
- Failure to make eye contact
- Little interest in other children or caretakers
- Lack of body language and gestures
- Difficulty transitioning
- Obsessive interest in a particular topic
- Loss of previously acquired social skills
How long is the waitlist?
When a family inquires about diagnostic testing, it generally takes 2-4 weeks to get started. This timeline can be shortened with high responsiveness from families and quick submission of needed documents.
How do I know if my child needs a diagnostic evaluation?
Diagnostic evaluations are helpful for parents that are exploring an appropriate diagnosis for their child. The results of our evaluations can provide parents with clarity in this regard.
Perhaps the bigger benefit, though, is that diagnostic evaluations can provide parents with insight on the types of support that would be helpful for their child in school, at home, and in the community.
How much does it cost?
Cost depends on insurance coverage and how much of your deductible and out of pocket is met. We find that many of our families have insurance that is in-network, and that they have already met much of their out of pocket limits with other appointments. In these instances, the cost of a diagnostic evaluation is primarily covered by insurance.
Westside also has a financial support program called the Westside Foundation, which offers quarterly stipends to families seeking support with the financial costs of getting their child the help they need.
Where are the diagnostic evaluations completed?
Diagnostic evaluations are most often completed at our facility in Wheaton, IL. That said, we’re here to make your life easier. Westside has clinic locations throughout the Chicagoland, and we are happy to accommodate you by conducting parts or all of the evaluations at a clinic that is closer to you.
What is the difference between a medical diagnosis and an educational assessment?
A medical diagnosis will give you access to certain services covered by your health insurance and will provide an outside source of information if you need support from your school district.
Educational assessments are used to assess the needs for special education services in the school setting. They do not fulfill the medical criteria required by insurance companies to approve outpatient therapy services.