Developmental testing is often recommended by a child’s pediatrician, therapist, or teacher when the child may need support to reach their potential.
The goal of developmental testing is to understand how a child’s cognitive and emotional development is progressing to create a personalized, data-based support plan. Developmental testing assesses your child’s development so you can build on strengths and provide the right support for your child’s unique learning profile.
Our psychologists and neuropsychologists conduct all of our testing personally and have advanced training in early childhood development. We never use students, trainees, or “techs” to do our assessments.
We offer gold standard assessment tools including:
- Stanford Binet Scales of Intelligence
- Wechsler Nonverbal Scales of Intelligence
Test data are used to recommend effective interventions and support needs to help ensure your child can achieve his full potential (therapies, special education, behavioral support, etc.). Quality developmental testing is based on the latest research about how the brain develops in the early phases of life.
Developmental testing is recommended for:
- Testing for developmental delays
- Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders, including the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule (ADOS)
- Testing for language delays or communication difficulties (including children who do not communicate verbally)
- Testing for early signs of language-based learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia)
- Testing to understand emotional or behavioral concerns
- Testing for special education eligibility (IEP, 504 plan, early intervention services)
- Testing to help you understand your newly adopted child
- Admissions testing (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence, Fourth Edition)
- Testing for potential giftedness/acceleration need
We accommodate children who have difficulty communicating verbally, children who use technology or pictographs to communicate, children who have difficulty with motor control, and sensory hypersensitivities. We have a variety of language-free and motor-free tests. This means that we can assess children who do not use verbal language to communicate or those who have motor coordination difficulties. We also offer ADOS testing, which is considered the gold standard for early childhood diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our goal is to ensure that every child can show his or her true abilities. Most importantly, there is an art to making sure young children feel comfortable. In our practice, a skilled doctor works closely with your child at your child’s pace. We understand that making your child feel comfortable is the key to obtaining the best test results. Our psychologists also recognize the need to observe the child in the “real world,” and include school and home observations whenever possible.