What Will an Evaluation Tell Me?

After your child’s developmental evaluation has been completed, you should be given an idea of when to expect to receive the results. A member of the team who has evaluated your child should discuss the results with you and tell you what the results reveal.

The evaluation should provide you an overview of the strengths and weaknesses in your child’s cognitive, physical, language, and emotional and social development. Although you may have concerns about just one of these areas, a thorough assessment should give you results in each area.

You may receive from the testing facility a packet of information explaining your child’s results, an explanation of any number the testing has identified (e. g. IQ scores), and recommendations for treatment and intervention.

While the results of the test are, of course, vital, what is more important is how they may be used to direct treatment and intervention services for your child. The test administrator should be able to help you obtain appropriate services, whether they be from private providers or, for older children, through the child’s school. Individualized instruction plans, referrals to tutors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, and developmental psychologists may be part of the treatment package appropriate for your child.

Make sure you have a clear understanding of everything the evaluation results report. Ask how the test administrator will communicate with treatment providers, and be sure to obtain copies of all results.

You should come away from the evaluation with a clear sense of your child’s development across all areas of development as well as a clear understanding of how these results will shape his or her future treatment.

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