Evaluations for Developmental Delays in young children
Parents, pre-school teachers, or pediatricians may observe young children who are not functioning at a developmentally appropriate level. These youngsters may exhibit any of the following:
- Significant speech delay
- Inability to consistently name numbers or letters
- Very inappropriate or unusual behavior
- Aggressive, impulsive, hyperactive behavior
- Difficulty relating to peers
An evaluation consists of reports of behavioral observations of the child and a developmental and behavioral history from parents. Parents and teachers may be asked to complete some standardized behavior rating scales that compares the child to norms for his/her age on various skill areas. Some testing may be recommended if a learning problem is suspected. The evaluation results in a written report of the child’s problems, a diagnosis if appropriate, and recommendations for various types of therapeutic and/or educational interventions. This report is accepted at all public and private schools.
Fees for this type of evaluation range from $800-$1000 depending on the age and purpose for the evaluation. Fees include time for review of records, interviews, testing, test supplies scoring and interpretation of data, report writing, and follow-up session to discuss findings.