Assessing a child with possible development, learning or behavioural problems, Kids Clinic paediatricians usually start with gaining history, observation of the child and physical examination. Using targeted standardised screening questionnaires that provide a quick snapshot of a child’s health and developmental status; it may indicate whether further evaluation is needed to identify potential difficulties that might necessitate interventions or special education services.
At Kids Clinic, we are excited to use CHADIS portal – screening and diagnostic questionnaires, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The CHADIS questionnaires may be completed by parents and/or caregivers, but in our setting it is recommended to be completed with the help of one of our therapists. At Kids Clinic, this may happen soon after initial consultation with our paediatrician.
Parents need to understand that assessment is a continual process of observing, gathering, recording, and interpreting information to answer questions and make developmental and instructional decisions about children.
This assessment can be used to to help early childhood professionals plan to meet the individual needs of children.