Understanding the Purpose of a Developmental Evaluation

Purpose of Developmental Evaluations

Per the CDC - A brief test using a screening tool does not provide a diagnosis, but it indicates if a child is on the right development track or if a specialist should take a closer look. If the screening tool identifies an area of concern, a formal developmental evaluation may be needed. This formal evaluation is a more in-depth look at a child’s development, usually done by a trained specialist, such as a developmental pediatrician, child psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, or other specialist. The specialist may observe the child, give the child a structured test, ask the parents or caregivers questions, or ask them to fill out questionnaires. The results of this formal evaluation determines whether a child needs special treatments or early intervention services or both.

WHO: Developmental pediatrician, child psychologist, or other trained provider

WHAT: Identify and diagnose developmental delays and conditions

WHY: To find out (a) if your child needs specific treatment and/or (b) if your child qualifies for early intervention

HOW: With a detailed examination, formal assessment tools, observation, and checklists from parents and other caregivers, often in combination, depending on the area of concern

Little Peach Education's Qualifications

Little Peach Educational Services does not perform psychological evaluations and does not provide medical or clinical diagnoses.

The Evaluation Process

Steps in the Process

Intake Appointment Information

Routines-Based Interview

What are Routines?

Babies Can't Wait

Babies Can’t Wait Eligibility Evaluations follow the Babies Can’t Wait process, including being at no-cost to the family - if you are wanting an eligibility determination evaluation through Babies Can’t Wait, please contact your local Babies Can’t Wait office.

Common Questions

Evaluation process questions

How long does an evaluation take?

The evaluation process includes a 30-60 minute intake appointment, estimated 120 minute evaluation appointment (with the potential for additional observations/appointments if needed), and a 30 minute feedback session.

I want to do my evaluation via telehealth, is that possible?

Yes we can do your evaluation via video conferencing platform. Please note at this time we use Google Meet as our video platform, which is has some security protections but may not cover all HIPAA protected information. You will have to sign a Telehealth Agreement form in order to do video conferencing.

Do I need to go to a clinic for the evaluation?

Our evaluations occur in the natural environment - your home, the childcare center, or in a familiar community setting.

We have a family member or a babysitter who watches my child during the day, or my child goes to a childcare center - will you need to talk with them?

All of your child's caregivers' inputs are welcome! If you'd like a family member or babysitter to attend the evaluation appointment, please invite them!

If you'd like your child's childcare provider to provide input, your evaluator may schedule an additional visit to see your child in their classroom/home-based daycare, schedule a phone call, or have them fill out a questionnaire

How long after the evaluation do we receive a report or can speak with you about the results?

Currently we are averaging 2-3 weeks, with a maximum of 4 weeks, for you to receive your report and complete the feedback session, however, it may happen quicker than that.

Katie Beckett/TEFRA Deeming Waiver Evaluations occur at an expedited timeline.

Evaluations through Babies Can't Wait will follow the Babies Can't Wait process.

Multidisciplinary evaluation

I would like for my child to have an expanded evaluation for communication concerns, in addition to an overall developmental evaluation - can this happen?

Yes! We partner with HomeTele SLP who can do their speech/language evaluation, alongside your child's developmental evaluation through Little Peach Education - this actually creates an even more descriptive and informed report for both Little Peach Education and HomeTeleSLP.

Meridith, owner of HomeTele SLP, and Catherine met in the Georgia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (GaLEND) program and immediately connected over their love of early intervention and services for our state's youngest children. We are excited to be able to serve your child in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Currently Little Peach Education only has the capacity to perform evaluations for overall development and communication - we are working on partnerships to include other areas such as motor and sensory.

Assessment Measures

Little Peach Education uses a combination of the following measures to perform developmental evaluations: