Among the many reasons for an evaluation, these are the most common:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 children in the United States (17%) have a developmental disability, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a learning disability. Additionally, some studies suggest that the prevalence of developmental issues may be increasing over time.
Research also shows that:
Developmental evaluations for children 18 months to 3 years can provide important information about a child’s growth and development, including their strengths and areas of concern. They can play a crucial role in ensuring that young children receive the appropriate support and resources to reach their full potential.
These evaluations identify any potential developmental delays or disabilities, and can inform the development of early intervention strategies to support the child’s development. The most common reasons a parent may seek a developmental evaluation are: