Child evaluations and diagnostics covers children birth through 5 years of age in the following major developmental domains: speech, physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral. The purpose and type of evaluation is determined by the diagnostic question(s) and concerns identified at the time of referral either by the parent or education system representative. Evaluations are completed to:
determine the diagnosis of a developmental delay or disability
determine strengths and deficits
determine an individual's eligibility for services
develop referral and/or individual and family program recommendations
Evaluations may lead to some common childhood diagnostics that may include; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHA), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Autism, Cognitive delays, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Services may be home or office based and may include the child or family and often times includes both.
Child Development Philosophy
A team approach is utilized that is family-centered:
Parents have intimate knowledge about their child
The family has their own capabilities and concerns
Each family is unique and changing with its own strengths and abilities
The child's family is the primary member of the team
Methods and outcomes are consistent with the family's priorities and values
A working partnership that respects the expertise of each member
Involvement in services must always be the family's choice
The purpose of the service plan created for each individual child has the objective of supporting and ensuring that the child receives the appropriate treatment so that he or she can begin to work up to his or her ideal developmental capacity. The family is considered integral to this plan in such a way as they are expected to share the responsibility in designing and implementing the service plan for the child. Depending on the diagnosis, family therapy may be part of the plan to help the family assist and enhance the child in his/her development at home.