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Innovations in Learning, PC provides a wide variety of psychological and neuropsychological assessment services for children 12 and under.
A standard psychological assessment evaluates personality, social, and emotional functioning using diagnostic interviewing and rating forms; a general screening of cognitive functioning is included as well. The purpose of a psychological evaluation is geared toward diagnosis of psychiatric conditions in order to provide recommendations for evidence-based treatments and interventions. Psychiatric conditions that are diagnosed via psychological assessment can include:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Trauma disorders
  • Conduct disorders
A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of the functional integrity of the brain, as well as the relationship between the brain and behavior. This type of evaluation evaluates functioning in a variety of areas, including intelligence, executive functions, attention, memory and learning, receptive and expressive language, visuospatial reasoning, sensorimotor functions, and psychopathology. Testing is completed using a variety of methods, including interviews, paper-and-pencil tests, computer-based tests, and rating forms, and test sessions can last as few as two or as many as eight hours. The unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses that is discovered during neuropsychological testing assists in differential diagnosis, provides information regarding the underlying neurological processes causing symptoms, and informs customized recommendations for treatment. Neuropsychological evaluation may be indicated if your child has experienced a brain injury, stroke, seizure, chronic illness, or other medical or genetic condition affecting cognitive functioning. In addition, neuropsychological evaluation can aid in the diagnosis of the following:

  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Attentional disorders
  • Learning disabilities
Kathryn Huls, PsyD, HSPP

Kathryn Huls, PsyD, HSPP

Kathryn Huls, PsyD, HSPP is a northwest Indiana native who joined Innovations in Learning as an Assessment Psychologist in 2019. Dr. Huls graduated with a major in psychology and a minor in social work from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1989. She worked for one year in Grand Rapids as a social worker prior to beginning graduate work in Melbourne, Florida at the Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology. While earning her masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology, Dr. Huls specialized in neuropsychology, children and family therapy. She completed her internship year at LaRabida Children’s Hospital in Chicago, graduating with her PsyD in 1994. After ten years conducting assessments and providing therapy at Methodist Hospital, Dr. Huls transitioned into a school psychology role. Dr. Huls evaluated students at the preschool, elementary and high school level for learning disabilities, autism, developmental delays and other disabilities within the Crown Point Community School Corporation for 13 years. Dr. Huls and her husband, Jack, celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2019 and have three sons in college and graduate school. She enjoys biking, reading fiction, boating, music and exploring new places.