Dr. Jansons is in private practice in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She provides neuropsychological assessment for adults and children and is growing her neuorotherapy and neurofeedback clinic. She has been providing direct therapy, assessment, professional training, and scholarly contributions in her field since 1990.
Dr. Jansons began her career at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology and master’s degree in Human Developmental Counseling. Her doctorate is from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and she completed her Neuropsychology Certificate Training at Fielding Graduate University. She is a Board-Certified Fellow of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.
Dr. Jansons’ research interests are in Large Scale Brain Systems, neural network dynamics, and cerebellar and vertically organized brain functioning. She is a co-partner in many projects including a start-up company for developing a web portal for patients and advanced clinicians, and she participates in the technical development of custom brain entrainment therapies. She is also a performing musician.
Neuropsychologists are instrumental in diagnosing congenital cognitive and neuropsychological issues in children and adults. Dr. Laura Jansons expertise in the brain-behavior relationship provides the highest of quality neuropsychological assessment and consultation for patients and their families, so that the patient’s clinical team can focus on maximizing their quality of life, and help them realize their potential.
For Adults, testing can identify weaknesses in specific areas. It is very sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that might not be obvious in other ways. When problems are very mild, testing may be the only way to detect them. For example, testing can help determine whether memory changes are normal age-related changes or if they reflect a neurological disorder. Testing might also be used to identify problems related to medical conditions that can affect memory and thinking, such as diabetes, metabolic of infectious diseases, or alcoholism.
Test results can also be used to help differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis. Different illness result in different patterns of strengths and weaknesses on testing. Therefore, the results can be helpful in determining which areas of the brain might be involved and what illness might be operating. For instance, testing can help to differentiate among Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and depression. Your physician will use this information along with the results of other tests, such as brain imaging and blood tests, to come to the most informed diagnosis possible.
For Children, testing can explain why your child is having school problems. For example, a child may have difficulty reading because of an attention problem, a language disorder, an auditory processing problem, or a reading disability. Testing also guides the pediatric neuropsychologist’s design of interventions to draw upon your child’s strengths. The results identify what skills to work on, as well as which strategies to use to help your child.
Testing can help detect the effects of developmental, neurological, and medical problems, such as epilepsy, autism, attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, or a genetic disorder. Testing may be done to obtain a baseline against which to measure the outcome of treatment or the child’s development over time.
To provide the highest of quality neuropsychological assessment and consultation for patients. To contribute to clinical decisions about diagnosis, prognosis, rehabilitation planning, educational planning, returning to work or school and the ability to function independently.
NEW in 2018! Now offerring Electronic Neuroimaging and Neurotherapy:
Combines clinical neuropsychological testing and advanced technology to create symptom-specific individualized treatment plans. Rather than making recommendations to “treat a diagnosis” and apply “one size fits all” generic treatments, Dr. Jansons follows current clinical literature which is trending away from relying on theoretical diagnostic manuals and subjective paper and pencil symptom checklists for diagnosis. She is more concerned with helping her patients understand, based on functional neuroanatomy and electroning neuroimaging, the brain circuits that produce problem behaviors. This strategy implies that time and money is conserved in the process of getting to heart of the matter sooner than other traditional, and perhaps less thorough, approaches.
Once symptoms and sources of disruption are identified, customized treatment plans are designed to apply psychological behavioral conditioning techniques, and directly shape specific neural and physiological responses. Problematic responses can be “down-trained” and adaptive responses “up-trained”.
- Exposure and desensitization—Increases one’s physiological control and sensitivity to external triggers--a treatment not typically incorporated in traditional psychotherapy.
- Basic concepts in psychophysiology assist symptom improvement--not only from the “mind and thought” perspective but also from biological basis, i.e. muscle, temperature, cardiovascular activity and respiration.
- Learn at least 8 methods of psychological relaxation, positive emotions, and attentional training to address self-stressing and attentional strains; then formulate an individual strategy based on personal efficacy.
Neuropsychological testing visit:
Initial evaluation for a child involves meeting with parents or caregivers. The purpose is to gather a strong developmental history and other relevant documents and fully understand the referral. This appointment is usually separate from the testing appointment and typically does not involve the child present. The testing appointments themselves are designed for the examinee only and if there is a comfort level the parents can "drop off" the children for testing. The child will be given breaks and bringing water or small snack is appropriate. The test report will typically be complete in 10 business days and the results will be disseminated to the parents/caregivers during a visit at that time.
Testing for adults do not require a separate visit for initial gathering of information since this can be incorporated during the testing time.
Dr. Jansons, Fellow of the American Board of Neuropsychology, provides neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents and adults.
As a "window" into brain functioning, neuropsychological evaluation is a process involving the administration of a number of short tests. By analyzing patterns in test results, Dr. Jansons can provide valuable information to assist patients in obtaining the best care from their doctors.
Evaluations are provided to diagnose various developmental, personality and behavioral-medical conditions. Typical evaluations involve assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders, executive dysfunction, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative disturbances such as Alzheimers Disease and other dementias.
For quick appointment scheduling: please phone 224-636-6333
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Dr. Jansons Testing Brochure--Pediatric/Adolescent
Dr. Jansons Testing Brochure--Adult
Textbook: Linguistic Cerebellum. (2015) Editors Peter Mariën Mario Manto. Chapter 10: Koziol, Barker and Jansons.