The Akron Children’s Hospital Early Childhood Assessment Clinic to supports children with a known or suspected developmental delay due to an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. Read More...
The Early Childhood Assessment Clinic at Akron Children’s Hospital’s NeuroDevelopmental Science Center assesses children with a known or suspected developmental delay due to an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder. Our clinical psychologist tests children under age 6 when parents, caregivers or doctors have a concern about a child’s development in one or more of these areas:
With early identification and intervention, many children can progress and improve before they start school.
A referral is required. For an appointment, have your child’s doctor call 330-543-8058. A patient liaison will call you to obtain mental health insurance information and provide further details about your appointment.
Testing depends on the child’s age and identified area of concern. Evaluations usually last 2 to 3 hours with breaks as needed. We will observe the child performing specific tasks to help us understand his or her developmental progress.
The assessment also includes a clinical interview with the parent or caregiver to identify strengths and areas of concern, and perhaps complete rating scales of the child’s adaptive and social-emotional skills. If the child attends school or daycare, we may ask the teacher about the child’s classroom skills and behavior.
For autism spectrum disorders only, we may use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
Once our report is complete, we will review our findings and recommendations with the parent or caregiver and provide a copy of the report to the referring physician.
We make diagnosis-specific recommendations and treatment suggestions based on our findings, areas of concern and the child’s specific needs. These can include, but are not limited to:
We are available for continuing consultation if you or your patient’s family have questions or additional concerns.
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