Early intervention

At a Glance: Who’s on a Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team

By Amanda Morin

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If your child is under age 3, getting an evaluation for early intervention services involves a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Each member plays an important role in assessing your child’s strengths and needs.

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At a Glance: Who's on a Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team

By law, evaluations for early intervention services must be conducted by at least two types of professionals. The members of this multidisciplinary team may vary depending on your child’s needs. Here’s who is likely to be involved.

Early Intervention Case Manager
The case manager arranges to get the evaluation process started. She leads the team’s meetings and knows which resources—such as types of evaluators, services for your child and training for you—are available if needed.

As a parent, you play a key role by providing information about how your child is doing at home. It’s important to share your concerns as well as updates about your child’s successes. You participate in reviewing test results and can help create an early intervention plan. As part of this plan, you may be asked to practice certain skills with your child at home.

The evaluation team needs to include one member who can assess your child’s overall development. The psychologist observes your child, does intelligence testing and also looks at social and emotional development. She interprets the results of the team’s assessments and may recommend speech therapy or other types of interventions based on your child’s needs.

A medical doctor examines your child to determine whether there are any physical factors that may be causing or contributing to your child’s developmental delays. The doctor checks hearing and vision and may refer your child to specialists in these areas for additional testing.

Speech Therapist
This type of specialist is commonly included in an evaluation for early intervention services. She observes your child and assesses current speech and language skills. She also talks to you and other caregivers to find out how your child’s communication skills have been progressing.

Depending on your child’s needs, the team may bring in other types of specialists to evaluate different kinds of skills. Examples include occupational therapists, physical therapists, and vision and hearing specialists.
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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Kristen L. Hodnett, M.S.Ed. Jul 09, 2014 Jul 09, 2014

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