Assessment

We are interested in the wholistic development of your child: their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We believe that comprehensive assessment leads to highly effective Interdisciplinary treatment to help your child achieve their potential.

Frequently called an “evaluation”, an assessment analyzes a person’s functional abilities. We provide assessment that looks primarily at your child’s neuro-development, speech, language and communication skills, sensory processing abilities, behavioral and functional abilities, listening, attention and concentration skills, motor, social and academic abilities. We look at where the child’s current functional ability is, and what they can achieve with the correct interventions.

At Little BlueJays, we administer a comprehensive, diagnostic battery of scientifically designed, tested and proven information gathering tools. We obtain information from a variety of sources including parent interview, observations, standardized tests, hearing screening, cognitive screening, IQ assessment and play-based assessments. Following the evaluation, we provide a written report detailing the results, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Assessing, describing, and interpreting an individual’s ability requires the integration of a variety of information gathered in the evaluation process. Assessment involves the ongoing procedures used by qualified professionals to identify a child’s unique strengths and needs and the intervention services appropriate to meet those needs. The assessment may include interviews, observation, testing and consultation with other professionals involved in your child’s care.

However, it is also important to remember that an assessment provides only one example of the child’s ability over a relatively short period of time. As children progress their needs change. Therapists working with them will regularly monitor their progress and assessments will be repeated to document it.

Assessment can:

  • Provide a record of growth in all developmental areas: cognitive, physical/motor, language, social-emotional, and approaches to learning.
  • Identify children who may need additional support and determine if there is a need for intervention or support services.
  • Help professionals plan individualized instruction for a child or for a group of children that are at the same stage of development.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses within a program and information on how well the program meets the goals and needs of the children.
  • Provide a common ground between professionals and parents or families to use in collaborating on a strategy to support their child.

What are the different child assessment methods?

Methods of child assessment can be informal (conducting natural observations, collecting data and children’s work for portfolios, using educator and teacher ratings). Formal (using assessment tools such as questionnaires and standardized testing). Both methods are effective and can help inform educators and parents about a child’s progress.

  • Observations can be made with minimal or no intrusion into children’s activities. Professionals can observe all facets of development, including intellectual, linguistic, social-emotional, and physical development, on a regular basis.
  • Portfolios are a record of data that is collected through the work children have produced over a period of time. The collection clearly shows the progress of a child’s development. Portfolios can be an important tool in helping facilitate a partnership therapist and parents.
  • Educator Ratings are useful in assessing children’s cognitive and language abilities as well as their social-emotional development. These ratings can be linked to other methods of assessment, such as standardized testing or other assessment tools.
  • Parent Ratings integrate parents into the assessment process. Parents who are encouraged to observe and listen to their child can help detect and target important milestones and behaviors in their child’s development.
  • Standardized Tests are tests created to fit a set of testing standards. These tests are administered and scored in a standard manner and are often used to assess the performance of children in a program.