Medical Diagnostic Clinic

The Medical Diagnostic Clinic at our Villa Park Center is for families who are seeking a multi-disciplinary medical diagnostic evaluation for their child. Through a partnership with the University of Chicago, this evaluation is conducted by an experienced team of professionals comprised of Peter J. Smith, MD, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician; highly-trained specialists in occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, developmental therapy, and audiology; and a social worker from Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley. This partnership provides a strong, cohesive team specializing in early diagnosis of the young child.

Why Begin Here?

Our procedure includes review of extensive background information including reports from treating therapists. The team will use an arena format to evaluate the developmental abilities of the child. Dr. Smith will observe the session and then complete a medical examination. The family will be involved throughout the process. The social worker will talk with the family prior to the evaluation and be a support during the evaluation. She will also provide follow up to the family after the evaluation. Dr. Smith will meet with the family and share findings. Families and service coordinators will receive a summary of the initial impressions and recommendations at the end of the sessions. A full report will follow.

We are committed to granting as many families as possible the opportunity to access this comprehensive clinic. This interdisciplinary clinic assists families in determining specific needs related to their child's diagnosis. Families leave the clinic with a diagnosis, family support to understand their child's diagnosis, and treatment recommendations that most appropriately address the child's abilities and challenges.

Examples of children who would benefit:

  • A delay with no medical diagnosis to explain

  • A motor delay or abnormalities of movement without a diagnosis

  • Behavior issues with developmental delay

  • Abnormalities in language, social interactions, play skills, and/or behavior

  • Complex medical needs

  • No gains or minimal gains following therapy

How Do I Get Started?

Contact our Clinical Admissions Coordinator Mary Beth Scholtes at 630.261.6287 to ask questions or schedule an appointment.

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