The sooner a caregiver identifies that a child needs support in any area of development, the sooner the child will be back on track. When delays or difficulties are identified later, they can still be addressed but a prolonged challenge can cause frustration, decrease in self-esteem, or trouble with relationships. Your child sees a pediatrician or doctor for well-baby checkups or annual physicals to guard his or her medical health. A screening provides the same kind of reassurance but focuses on developmental skills and any daily challenges that may come up so they can be quickly and easily corrected.
A screening offers an opportunity for parents to ask questions and get answers. If we don’t have the answers, we can offer direction and help you find the answers from reputable professionals that we trust. The therapist also broadly and informally looks for age-appropriate skills while presenting some fun to engage in tasks. We will also ask about what the parent and/or teacher sees at school or home.
Screenings are based primarily on observation and parent report. If needed, a therapist will make a recommendation for a more detailed full evaluation to objectively measure performance and set goals as needed.
If minimal delay or concern is noted, the therapist will offer ideas and suggestions. An invitation to return for a follow-up screen will also be extended, so we can ensure that the ideas helped and everything is back on track.
All screenings are free of charge and last about thirty minutes to an hour.
Available by Phone, Zoom, and in-person at the clinic.
We want you to feel prepared and comfortable throughout your child’s screening. No question is off-limits, and our therapists are ready to answer ANY question you may have. This is just a sampling of questions frequently asked at a Physical Therapy Screening!
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