LAURA JANSONS, Psy.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialty board certification in neuropsychology.
Dr. Jansons provides neuropsychological assessment for adults and children.
She began her career in Peoria, Illinois in 1990. Her doctorate is from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. and Neuropsychology Certificate Training is from Fielding Graduate University. She is board certified with the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology.
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.
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 provides neuropsychological testing for children, adolescents and adults.
As a "window" into brain functioning, neuropsychological evaluation is a process involving the administration of short tests. By analyzing patterns in test results, Dr. Jansons can provide valuable information to assist you in obtaining the best care from your doctors.
Evaluations are provided to diagnose various developmental, personality and behavioral-medical conditions. Typical evaluations involve assessments for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Executive Dysfunction, Learning Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and memory disturbances such as Alzheimers Disease.
For quick appointment scheduling: please phone 224-636-6333
Click to download the forms for testing:
Please print and bring these with you on your first visit:
For further information on testing process:
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.