Sometimes parents, teachers, or medical doctors may suspect that a child is not developing at the same rates as his or her peers. The focus of this kind of assessment is to help in understanding how a child is progressing with respect to cognitive, social/emotional, and behavioural functioning. This type of assessment can be appropriate when a child is struggling to meet developmental milestones at the same rate as his or her peers, when a child is struggling to socialize with others, or when a child has difficulties with learning skills for independence (e.g., toileting, dressing, feeding) compared to others. This type of assessment could be done when parents or other professionals are concerned that the child may have a developmental delay or, alternatively, when a developmental delay has already been identified and more information is sought to assist with program planning, or for accessing programs or funding (e.g., Program Unit Funding-PUF, Family Supports for Children with Disabilities-FSCD, Persons with Developmental Disabilities-PDD, Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped-AISH).
Parents, educators, medical doctors, or other professionals may suggest a developmental assessment if there are concerns such as:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Global Developmental Delay
- Cognitive delays/disabilities
- Social interaction challenges
- Difficulties with performing daily living skills