Developmental Assessment

What is a Developmental Assessment?

  • Evaluation of a child’s development in various areas, such as fine and gross motor, sensory, self-help, speech, language, play and communication
  • Conducted by a Speech Therapist AND/OR an Occupational Therapist
  • Along with formal and informal test measures, comprehensive background and developmental history are also obtained from parents or caregivers
  • Natural observations in additional settings may also be used to profile a child’s functional abilities and challenges when appropriate
  • A written report detailing the child’s developmental skills and needs will be provided upon the completion of the assessment
  • Diagnosis and recommendations will also be provided to support the child’s ongoing development

Who is it for?

  • Children who are suspected of having developmental delays and/or other disorders

Why is it important?

  • Skills that children gain at various stages are called developmental milestones. Milestones occur at various times and across various developmental areas
  • A child may have a developmental delay if skills are not reached within the same time range as other children of the same age
  • A comprehensive Developmental Assessment provide information on a child’s overall development, strengths, and weaknesses, helping with early diagnosis and intervention

Our speech therapists can evaluate:

  1. Speech: articulation, phonology, motor speech disorders
  2. Language: comprehension and expression in oral and non-verbal contexts
  3. Fluency
  4. Voice & resonance
  5. Cognitive-communicative skills: social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving, executive functions
  6. Pre-literacy & literacy skills: phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension, writing

 Our occupational therapists can evaluate:

  1. Sensory processing & modulation: visual, auditory, tactile
  2. Proprioceptive & vestibular status
  3. Movement & mobility: balance, coordination
  4. Gross motor skills: walking, running, climbing, throwing
  5. Fine motor skills: cutting, printing, tracing
  6. Visual-perceptual motor skills: tracking, discrimination
  7. Self help skills: dressing, grooming, feeding


Psycho-Educational Assessment

What is a Psycho-Educational Assessment?

  • Evaluation of a child’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of cognition/IQ, academic, and socio-emotional development
  • Conducted by a registered Psychologist
  • Use of standardized and comprehensive testing to explore effective ways to meet a child’s learning and social needs
  • A comprehensive written report will be provided upon the completion of the assessment
  • Diagnosis and recommendations will also be provided for better learning support at home and at school

 Who is it for?

  • Children age 4 or up who are observed to have difficulties in cognitive functioning, learning, attention, and/or behaviour
  • Children ages 4 or up who are suspected of having features of Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Giftedness, Specific Learning Disabilities (e.g. Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia), Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disabilities

 Why is it important?

  • Psycho-Ed Assessment allows parents and teachers to gain a clear picture of a child’s abilities and needs at home and in the classroom, and provides recommendations that are relevant to the child’s educational planning

 Our psychologist can evaluate:

  1. Intelligence/IQ
  2. Cognitive abilities: reasoning, memory, processing speed
  3. Academic skills: reading, mathematics, writing, listening, speaking
  4. Behavioural functioning
  5. Social and emotional functioning