What is Neuropsychology?
At Key Autism Services, our diagnostic program offers services to improve the psychological, social, and academic lives of children and young adults. Neuropsychological/psychological testing is designed to assess the individual’s strengths and weaknesses related to developmental, learning, attentional, and social-emotional concerns, as well as provide specific diagnoses such as: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Anxiety, Speech Language Disorder, etc.
How We Can Help
We treat many different disorders. Some of these disorders include, but are not limited to the following:
Our Unique Process
Assessment begins with a parent intake, whereby information about the child is gathered via interview and questionnaires. Teacher information is also collected as part of the evaluation, and school observations can be scheduled to observe the individual in their natural setting. Testing is conducted or supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist and varies from child to child, though it typically takes between 6 – 9 hours over the course of two days. Testing may involve examination of any of the following: intelligence, language, academic achievement, visual-motor skills, memory and learning, attention, executive functioning, social-emotional functioning, and adaptive functioning.
Following completion of testing, a report with individual recommendations is generated, and the psychologist holds a feedback session to review results. The psychologist is also available to attend a school meeting to review the results and recommendations. Depending on the age of the child, a child feedback session may be appropriate.
Meet Our Dr. Nicole Quintero
Nicole Quintero, PhD, BCBA-D is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst. Dr. Quintero received her doctorate in school psychology from Syracuse University, and she completed her predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Quintero then relocated to Chicago to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Quintero’s previous experiences include serving as Assistant Professor for Rush University and as a staff psychologist for Rush NeuroBehavioral Center and Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, as well as Coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support Program at UIC’s Developmental Disabilities Family Clinics. She has also had the honor of being appointed the role of Illinois Ambassador the Act Early Initiative for the Center for Disease Control and was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities (LEND) Fellow in both Baltimore and Chicago. Dr. Quintero provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and individual and group therapy for children and young adults (2 – 22 years). She works from a strengths-based approach and in conjunction with parents and schools to help ensure that children and adolescents receive appropriate support to increase their success at home and school.