Expert Assessments and Support
The Pediatric Psychology program at ChildServe offers a kid-focused, family-friendly place for children and young adults to receive psychological evaluations, diagnoses, and professional support. Our pediatric psychologists provide parents with feedback regarding their child’s diagnosis or level of functioning. Each child receives an individualized extensive evaluation designed to cover many areas of concern.
Why choose ChildServe?
The experts in ChildServe’s Pediatric Psychology Program, like our Licensed Psychologists and Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, have specialized training and knowledge to assess and treat children with mental health needs.
Our psychology program partners with other ChildServe service areas to provide children with a well-rounded approach to their mental healthcare needs.
ChildServe’s multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists provides evaluations for a wide range of mental health needs in one convenient location.
Who We Serve
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – NOS
Phobias and Fears
Social Skill Deficits
We Know Kids
Our entire organization is built around kids! ChildServe’s pediatric psychology team provides assessments designed to increase understanding about how a child thinks, learns, and behaves. The experts in our Pediatric Psychology program have specialized knowledge and skills to evaluate and care for children with mental health concerns.
Expert Psychological Evaluations
Each child in the Pediatric Psychology program is assessed one-on-one, with space available for family observation. Evaluations may include interviews, observation, testing, and consultation with other professionals involved in the child’s care. By detecting areas of concern, we can help identify needs for special services in school and help a child gain access to community resources.
We Care about Families
ChildServe’s pediatric specialists provide families with a continuum of care throughout the evaluation process. We offer feedback, guidance, and resources after an evaluation to help parents understand their child’s condition. Our Pediatric Psychology program partners with children who are currently receiving services throughout other ChildServe programs, as well as those who are new to ChildServe. Our medical social workers provide families with care coordination for the transition to ChildServe’s programs and any other community resources that may be needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to receive services from Pediatric Psychology?
ChildServe’s Pediatric Psychology program serves children and young adults (infant – 21 years old), whose primary caregiver, school staff, medical professional, or mental health professional wants clarity on the child’s diagnosis or level of functioning.
Who works in ChildServe’s Pediatric Psychology program?
ChildServe’s psychology team includes:
- Board Certified Behavioral Analyst
How do I get started?
Referrals can be made by the child’s parent/guardian, physicians, case managers, therapists, or other members of the child’s care team. To make a referral or request more information, call 515-727-8750.
Where are the evaluations provided?
Pediatric psychological evaluations are currently offered at our Johnston location.
When are services provided?
Pediatric Psychology evaluations are available Monday through Thursday by appointment only.
How can I prepare my child for testing?
It is important to talk to your child before any procedure to remove fears about what to expect. Make sure your child knows the evaluation will not include a physical exam (no needles, medicines, etc.). For younger children, you may wish to talk about how the evaluation will include puzzles and games. Older children may find it helpful to know there will be games and school-like work. However, unlike at school, there are no right or wrong answers, and no grades will be given.
On the day of the evaluation, please give your child all scheduled medications that he or she normally receives. Make sure your child receives enough sleep for several nights before the evaluation and has a good breakfast prior to coming in for their appointment. If you wish, you may bring snacks along.
What does the evaluation look like?
Our psychologists use many standardized testing tools to evaluate level of functioning. Psychologic evaluations include pencil and paper tasks, puzzles, drawing, and games. The evaluation covers skill areas like general intellectual level, language, memory and learning, problem solving, planning and organization, fine motor skills, visual spatial skills, and academic skills (reading, math, spelling and writing). It also includes an examination of behavior and emotions.
ChildServe – Johnston
5406 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA 50131
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ChildServe Center - Johnston
ChildServe improves the health and well-being of over 3,600 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, acquired injuries, and other special healthcare needs.