At an evaluation, a small group of specialists use a variety of assessments, observations and information provided by you to determine if your child is eligible for services. The specialists include a professional who is knowledgeable about overall development, and either a physical, occupational or speech therapist based on your specific concerns.
The evaluation team will assess your child's development in 5 areas:
- Physical: review of overall health, assess motor coordination and screening for vision and hearing
- Adaptive: daily routine skills including eating, sleeping, dressing, feeding
- Social-Emotional: relating to others
- Communication: understanding and using words
- Cognitive: learning and thinking
Your child is assessed using tests appropriate for infants and young children. This is not predictive of future abilities, it only compares your baby or young toddler's skills against the range of skills of other children their age.
Time & Cost
The full evaluation may last up to two or more hours, depending on your child's age and range of skills.The cost of the evaluation is paid for by the county health department, with no cost for your family.
Parents are important to the evaluation process. You know your child best.It is important to have a parent or other primary caregiver present throughout the evaluation session. The evaluation team will discuss what you see with your child. You will be asked your opinion on how your child did that day.
The evaluation results are shared with you immediately following the evaluation. The team provides you with a summary form that outlines the assessments used, your child's scores and whether your child is eligible or ineligible for Early Intervention services.