Learning Evaluations for Children

A multidisciplinary evaluation is designed for school-age children for whom both language and/or learning issues may be affecting academic performance or daily functioning. This assessment includes evaluation of multiple areas including:

  1. Speech and Language (i.e., articulation, word finding, fluency, listening/speaking)
  2. Psychoeducational Evaluation:

    • Intellectual ability (i.e., IQ)
    • Academic achievement: Basic reading skills (word reading/decoding), reading fluency, reading comprehension, written expression (spelling, grammar, formulation), math calculation, math problem solving (word problems, reasoning)
    • Cognitive processing (e.g., attention, auditory memory, phonemic awareness, visual sequencing, perception of spatial relationships, etc.)
    • Reasoning and executive functioning (i.e., problem-solving and planning)

The testing takes place over three days (see the Schedule tab, below), including an initial parent interview and a final conference. Following the evaluation, a written report is provided detailing the findings of the assessment. A comprehensive list of recommendations is included with each report.

Questions? Visit the child evaluation frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

DAY 1: Monday from 9:00am to 3:00pm (5 hours)

  • testing from 9-11:30
  • audiological screening from 11:30-12:00 (optional--separate cost)
  • lunch break from 12-1
  • testing from 1-3
  • parent interview in the afternoon (during testing)

DAY 2: Tuesday from 9:00am to 12:00pm (3 hours)

  • speech and language testing

DAY 3: Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm (3 hours)

  • testing from 9-12
  • parent conference at 2:00pm (your child does not need to return after noon)
  • payment is made at the time of the conference


To schedule an evaluation:

Parents contact Northwestern: Contact us at 847-491-3165 or nucasll@northwestern.edu to begin the intake process.  Dr. Frank Van Santen will contact the parents to discuss their concerns and answer questions about the evaluation.

Parents complete/send an application: before we schedule an appointment, it is necessary for us to have some background about the nature of the concerns, as well as some deveopmental and academic history to help us plan our evaluation. Thus, parents complete and send us an application, along with copies of any other relevant materials (e.g., report cards, previous testing reports, IEPs, etc.).

Northwestern review of application materials: Once we have the application materials, they are reviewed to ensure that the evaluation meets the parents’ needs. If it is not, referral to another agency or clinic can be provided.

Contact and schedule: Parents are contacted to schedule the appointment. We usually have a waiting list that is approximately six-to-eight weeks long.