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Learning & Developmental Diagnostic Clinic

Serving children--toddlers through teens

Some children think or behave in ways that make it hard to keep up in school or get along with family and friends. You know your child needs help, but you are not sure what to do. You may have tried many things. Nothing seems to work. A doctor, social worker or teacher may have expressed concern about one or more of these:

  • Your child has trouble learning
  • Your child seems upset or does not always get along with others
  • Sometimes your child does not pay attention
  • Your child has speech problems
  • Problems with hearing, vision and other skills seem to affect the way your child learns and behaves
  • Social difficulties

You need to find the right people to help you help your child. The place to begin this journey is the Learning and Developmental Diagnostic Clinic (LDDC).

Our team approach

The team chosen to talk with and test your child will include:

  • A licensed psychologist who can find out how your child thinks, reasons, and makes judgments
  • One or more doctors who care for children (pediatricians)
  • Experts in speech, language, motor skills and behavior
  • Staff trained to guide children through play, simple chores and other daily routines
  • Someone who can test hearing and vision

When you contact us for the first time, we will ask for:

  • Your child's name and age
  • Your specific concerns regarding your child
  • Information about your insurance plan
  • Fill out the Parent Questionnaire and bring it to the assessment

Choosing a team

After all records are received and reviewed, a licensed psychologist may meet with you to decide who else should be on the team assigned to assess your child. Members are chosen to match your child's needs. We will then call you to schedule the assessment.

A Patient Business Services counselor will contact your insurance company to get an estimate of what will be covered. You can ask for an estimate of your out-of-pocket expense for the assessment.

Evaluation, discussion and planning

Initial visits with your child typically take one to three days and may be spread over several weeks. Each team member spends time with your child and meets with you to answer questions. If needed, a team member may observe your child in school or other settings. When all sessions are complete, team members discuss with each other what they have learned and observed.

Then, the team will meet with you and any other people you want to be involved. You may invite teachers, social workers, grandparents and others to attend. After you hear from the team, you can ask questions and get a rough draft of the team's findings to take home. We will follow up with a short summary of:

  • What your child seems to need right now
  • Your child's strength and challenges
  • What would help your child improve in school and social settings
  • You will then receive a longer, more extensive plan.

From plan to action

LDDC provides diagnostic services and recommendations. After we find out what your child needs, we guide you to resources and professionals in your community who can fulfill those needs. Some may be part of Gundersen Health System. Others may not.


The Learning and Developmental Diagnostic Clinic is located on Gundersen's La Crosse campus, 1900 South Ave., La Crosse, WI 54601. It is about two and a half hours southeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul and two hours northwest of Madison.

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