A brief test using a screening tool does not confirm a developmental delay or provide a diagnosis, but it indicates if a child is on the right development track or if a specialist should take a closer look. If the screening tool identifies an area of concern, a formal developmental evaluation may be needed. This formal evaluation is a more in-depth look at a child’s development and must be done by a trained specialist. The specialist may observe the child, give the child a structured test, ask the parents or caregivers questions, or ask them to fill out questionnaires. The results of this formal evaluation determines whether a child needs special treatments or early intervention services or both.
|FOR||Children with suspected developmental delays or conditions|
|BY||Developmental pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, early interventionist, child psychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, or special educator|
|WHEN||Whenever there is a concern|
|PURPOSE||To find out is your child has a developmental delay or condition
To find out if your child needs specific treatment or early intervention services or both
|HOW||With a detailed examination, formal assessment tools, observation, and checklists from parents and other caregivers, often in combination, depending on the area of concern|