What to Expect from an Evaluation
An evaluation is completed using a variety of techniques including parent/caregiver report, child observation and direct evaluation methods like trying to get your child to babble or put a piece in a puzzle.
- You will be asked to sign a consent form prior to the evaluation.
- You will be asked to share information about your child's development, health and medical history. You will be asked to provide information about your family's resources, priorities, and concerns. This information is necessary to help the early intervention team develop a plan that meet the needs of your child and family.
- We will work with you to evaluate your child's development in five areas:
- Physical: Reaching for and grasping toys, crawling, walking, jumping.
- Cognitive: Watching activities, following simple directions, problem-solving.
- Social-emotional: Making needs known, initiating games, starting to take turns.
- Communication: Vocalizing, babbling, using two- to three-word phrases.
- Adaptive: Holding a bottle, eating with fingers, getting dressed.
After the initial evaluation, with your permission, your Family Resources Coordinator may want to order more specific testing by a qualified specialist like a Speech or Motor therapist.
When the evaluation process is complete, the provider will give you a written report and let you know if your child is:
- Eligible for services
- You may still choose whether you want to participate in services with your child or not.
- You will be able to schedule an Individualized Family Services Plan, which is a meeting to plan services.
- Not currently eligible for services
Even if not eligible you may still:
- Learn about next steps to support in your child's development.
- Be encouraged to return for a follow-up evaluation in 3 to 6 months.
- Be referred to other community resources.