Term Developmental Assessment
Code LF-7000.1700
Definition Programs that provide a comprehensive, structured evaluation of a child's cognitive/intellectual functioning, language and communication skills, independent living skills, social and emotional development and perceptual/motor functioning in order to identify individuals who show developmental delays, determine the nature and extent of the problem and recommend a course of treatment and care. Developmental assessments are generally offered by a developmental assessment specialist, or a team of professionals that can include a pediatrician, language specialist, audiologist, occupational therapist, child psychologist and child psychiatrist, among others. They involve age-adjusted questions regarding a child's growth, physical movements, behavior, play, and interactions with family members and the rest of the world as well as a series of tests that may include a physical exam, hearing and eye screenings, play observation, and standardized tests that present the child with specific tasks to determine areas of strength and weakness. Developmental assessments are occasionally done for adults. They can also be used to identify individuals who have developmental disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism and neurological impairments, in order to establish eligibility for state and federally funded programs.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 10/20/16
Use References Developmental Delays Assessment
Developmental Disabilities Assessment
Developmental Evaluation
Developmental Testing
Disability Evaluation
See Also References Developmental Screening (LF-7000.1730)
Early Intervention for Children With Disabilities/Delays (LR-1700)
Functional Behavioral Assessment (HL-2000.2050)
Psychological Testing (RP-5000.6500)
Special Education Assessment (HL-2000.8000)
External Classification Terms Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NTE E30)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (USA HC-300)
Health Diagnostic, Intervention & Treatment (NPC E07)
Pediatrics (NTE G98)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Developmental Disabilities
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Developmental Assessments: What You Need to Know", Baby Center website, http://www.babycenter.com/0_development-assessments-what-you-need-to-know_6709.bc

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