Types of Assessments

Lifestages believes that parents are the most important people in a child’s life and deserve to have all the information necessary to make informed decisions. The following information regarding assessments will guide parents in making informed decisions. There are a wide variety of assessments or evaluations that are available for determining the specific developmental needs of children. These assessments are important in identifying a child’s developmental needs. Research has demonstrated that early intervention decreases the need for more intensive services in later childhood. It should be noted that an assessment is the reflection of the child’s functioning at the time of assessment and should be interpreted in this light. This is a “snapshot” in time.

Developmental Screening
Developmental Assessment
Psychological or Psychoeducational Assessment
Speech and Language Evaluation
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
Physical Therapy Evaluation
Neurological Evaluation
Nutritional Evaluation


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

“Many children with behavioral or developmental disabilities are missing vital opportunities for early detection and intervention. Many children with developmental delays are not being identified early. Research indicates that 17% of children have a developmental or behavioral disability such as autism, intellectual disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, many children have delays in language or other areas, which also impact school readiness. However, less than 50% of these children are identified as having a problem before starting school, by which time significant delays may have already occurred and opportunities for treatment have been missed.”

See https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/child/devtool.htm