Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are some common signs that indicate my child may need a developmental-behavioral evaluation?

Your child may require a developmental-behavioral evaluation if (s)he exhibits the following signs.

  • On a slower time-table to meet milestones such as walking and talking
  • Unable to balance, change positions or move efficiently
  • Over-active, easily distracted, unable to follow directions
  • Impulsive, quick-tempered
  • Smaller than same age peers and not thriving despite adequate nutrition
  • Having school failures
  • Difficulty focusing and paying attention
  • Social, emotional and behavioral issues that are interfering with a child's daily functioning
  • Difficulty in reading, writing, spelling and/or math
  • Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
  • Has frequent melt downs when working on school work
  • Born with problems affecting structure or function of internal organs or physical appearance.
  • Experiencing academic difficulties or behavior problems secondary to brain injury or other pediatric condition that affects cognitive functioning (e.g., cancer, sickle cell disease, seizure disorder, etc.).
  • Showing signs of autism, such as not babbling or gesturing (pointing, waving bye-bye) by 12 months of age; not using single words by 16 months of age; not using 2-word phrases by 24 months of age; or losing language or social skills at any age.

What are some common signals that may be indicative of autism in older children?

Social skills

  • Fails to respond to his or her name
  • Has poor eye contact
  • Appears not to hear you at times
  • Resists cuddling and holding
  • Appears unaware of others' feelings
  • Seems to prefer playing alone — retreats into his or her "own world"

Language

  • Starts talking later than other children
  • Loses previously acquired ability to say words or sentences
  • Does not make eye contact when making requests
  • Speaks with an abnormal tone or rhythm — may use a singsong voice or robot-like speech
  • Can't start a conversation or keep one going
  • May repeat words or phrases verbatim, but doesn't understand how to use them

Behavior

  • Performs repetitive movements, such as rocking, spinning or hand-flapping
  • Develops specific routines or rituals
  • Becomes disturbed at the slightest change in routines or rituals
  • Moves constantly
  • May be fascinated by parts of an object, such as the spinning wheels of a toy car
  • May be unusually sensitive to light, sound and touch