Recognizing and acknowledging that your child may have a developmental delay can be difficult and stressful. However, these issues are not uncommon and can often be effectively treated with early intervention. For this reason, we recommend testing children in the toddler years if concerns arise. Seeking help early can reduce anxiety and frustration and ensure your child receives the appropriate services. Developmental testing is an important first step in understanding the nature of a problem, identifying a child’s strengths and areas of need, and developing treatment recommendations.
If you notice that your child is struggling with the following issues, a developmental evaluation may provide the answers you need.
- Delays in language development and speech
- Weak fine and/or gross motor functioning
- Low frustration tolerance
- Severe tantrums/acting out
- Noncompliance at home or in school
- Difficulty sustaining age-appropriate attention to learning tasks
- Avoids puzzles, books, drawing, cutting, etc.
- Sensory sensitivities
- Risk-taking behavior
- Preference to play alone
- Difficulty playing with peers
- Development of intense interests
The Testing Process
In order to identify the specific developmental challenge, we provide comprehensive evaluations that will clarify diagnostic issues and help to develop a specialized treatment plan for your child. Evaluations begin with an intake meeting with one of our psychologists to discuss your concerns and what type of testing will be appropriate. The intake appointment may be conducted over the phone or at our office and requires a nonrefundable fee of $325 that will be applied toward testing fees. Testing typically is conducted over the course of two sessions, each lasting 2 hours. Breaks are given as needed and parents are encouraged to pack lunch or nutritious snacks. When requested, the evaluator will perform a home or school/daycare observation to see the child in a more natural setting, particularly.
At the end of the testing process, the evaluator and parent will have a meeting to discuss the test results, provide diagnostic impressions, and provide recommendations to support your child’s development. We will provide a detailed report that you may choose to share with the school, pediatricians and other treatment providers.