Graduate student with client

About the Service Center

For more than 20 years, the William Itkin Children’s Center for Disabilities at Northeastern Illinois University has provided diagnostic testing and instructional services to families from all over the Chicago area. Supervised by teaching faculty in the Department of Special Education, graduate students perform an internship as educational clinicians and offer formal testing to identify learning difficulties in children 6 to 18 years of age. The Service Center evaluates children (in either English or Spanish) in the areas of reading, mathematics and written language, as well as providing emotional/behavioral supports.

For qualifying families, the Children's Center can provide a short-term individual education plan based on the strengths and needs of the child and deliver instruction in a one-to-one setting for a maximum of two (2) hours per week for the duration of 8 to 10 weeks.

Fees and How to Enroll

The Children's Center offers such services to residents of the city of Chicago and its surrounding communities at nominal fees. However, due to limited space and availability, all services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in reserving a space for your child, please complete the online application (see link to the left) or contact the Children's Center for more information.

Download the William Itkin Children's Service Center Brochure (PDF). 


Due to State of Illinois safety requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Children's Center follows required practices as determined by the NEIU Coronavirus Response policy.

Please visit NEIU Coronavirus Response page for more information on University safety practices.

Contact Information

Gerardo Moreno, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Special Education
(773) 442-5715