We are often asked, “When is the best time to evaluate my child?” Current research stresses the importance of early identification and intervention. Assessment is the first step in identifying the specific developmental needs of a child. Once determined, proper interventions can be implemented. Because the young brain is more flexible, proper intervention at an early age creates lasting effects on brain development.
What is an early childhood evaluation?
An early childhood evaluation is specialized for children between the ages of 1-5 years old, and includes:
- Formal testing in language, motor skills, cognitive functioning, social behavior and communication
- School and/or home observation
- Analysis of environmental, medical and developmental factors that contribute to the overall picture
- Collaboration with school and other medical professionals when needed