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What is a screening?

Visit our Developmental Milestones page to learn more about how your child should be progressing as they grow.

Screenings FAQ

Why screen? 

The purpose of a screening is to find out if there are areas of concern that need evaluation. If an evaluation is not found to be necessary, therapists will give parents and/or teachers suggestions to work with the child to address areas of concern. Sometimes therapists will suggest a re-screening in the future.

What is a screening?

A screening involves a therapist broadly and informally looking for age appropriate skills. The therapists will talk to the parent and/or teacher about what they see at home and/or school, as well as why they are concerned. Screenings are based primarily on observation and parent report, do not include standardized testing, and are less detailed than a full evaluation. All screenings are free of charge and last about a thirty minutes to an hour.

PT screenings

Physical Therapy screenings look at children’s gross motor skills like mobility, walking, balance, and leg and trunk strength by observing how they play and move.

OT screenings

Occupational Therapy screenings look at fine motor abilities, upper body strength, muscle tone, visual tracking and eye/hand coordination. They also look at the sensory system and how it is affecting attention, self-regulation, behavior, and motor skills.

Speech Screenings

Speech Pathology screenings look broadly at age appropriate speech sounds, pronunciation, clarity, understanding, and use of language as well as oral motor strength and feeding skills.

Evaluations FAQ

Why evaluate?

The purpose of an evaluation is to gain specific information about the child’s current skills that will aid therapists in developing goals and a treatment plan.

What is an evaluation?

  • Evaluations are a more formal and detailed assessments to help the therapist understand the child’s development.
  • Involve learning more about the developmental history of the child
  • May involve standardized testing when possible
  • Evaluations take more time and may be conducted over one or more follow up sessions
  • Are billable to insurance or have an associated fee for non-insured

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