Comprehensive interdisciplinary, clinically oriented evaluation becomes an intervention by educating the parent (primary caregiver) about a child's development, providing a context for observation, confirming the parent's suspicions of developmental problems, identifying child and family strengths that can be capitalized on, and helping the parent to interpret the child's behavior and to interact in new ways. During the evaluation process, parents become more observant, gain understanding of the child's development and behavior, and on their own begin to develop strategies for dealing with developmental issues. During the evaluation process, clinicians and parents begin to build partnerships that will be important to further intervention and developmental follow-up.
From the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Rose F. Kennedy Center, Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
This work is supported in part by grants from the Maternal Child Health Bureau and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Corresponding author: Susan Vig, PhD, Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Rose F. Kennedy Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY 10461 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).