Little Sprouts Children’s Centre offers assessment services to children between the ages of 6 months and 15 years. We use standardized testing instruments and provide recommendations and resources along with our report. Typically, an assessment requires 2 - 6 sessions, depending on the type of assessment requested. In most cases, one of the sessions will be an observation of the child in his/her natural setting. The multiple visits and natural observation allow us to capture the complete picture of the child and offer recommendations that fit his/her natural environment as well as individual needs.
Diagnostic assessment is conducted with the goals to identify the child’s strengths and challenges and provide a clinical diagnosis or diagnoses and intervention recommendations.
We specialize in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder(ADHD), Specific Learning Disorders, Intellectual Delay, Developmental Delay, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and Attachment Disorder.
Psycho-education assessment is conducted with the goals to determine the child’s skill levels in a controlled environment, specify factors that may be interfering with the child’s ability to perform at his/her actual levels in school settings, and provide strategies to help the child effectively tackle his/her challenges at school. This assessment is often used to support Individualized Education Plan(IEP) development for the child.
Developmental assessment is conducted to determine the child’s current levels of functioning. In the case that the child has been receiving services, this assessment will also examine the progress made.
Comprehensive Program Plan
Each child with special needs requires an individualized program that is tailored to his/her strengths and challenges, whether in the form of an Individualized Education Plan(IEP) or Individualized Program Plan(IPP). This comprehensive assessment is done to address important aspects of a child’s development in order to design an intervention plan that best fits his/her needs. A team of multidisciplinary professionals, including, a clinical psychologist, an occupational therapist, and a speech/language pathologist work together to conduct the comprehensive assessment. In the case that the assessment is done for the purpose of an Individualized Education Plan(IEP), then, a Special Education Teacher will also be involved in this assessment.
This assessment will result in a comprehensive IPP or an IEP for the child with specific goals, addressing the 6 developmental domains: Cognition and Learning Readiness Skills, Social/Emotional Skills, Communication and Language Skills, Sensory Processing Skills, Motor Skills, and Self-Help Skills. The report will also include strategy recommendations for school and family.
While it is recommended practice, many doctors fail to include a developmental screening during child wellness check-up. Developmental screening is a short and simple test used to identify if children are learning basic age-appropriate skills or are at risk for developmental delays. A developmental screening can help indicate whether a child requires further diagnosis, assessment, evaluation, and/or intervention.