Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment and Evaluation

Child Development Institute provides developmental screenings, assessments and evaluations. Each has a different purposes and can be used to follow-up with your child’s pediatrician, Regional Center eligibility or for your child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening is a quick general measure of your child’s development. CDI uses two standardized screening tools – Parent Evaluation Developmental Screening (PEDS), ASQ and ASQ/SE. Screening helps identify whether your child needs further evaluation to determine if your child has a developmental delay or disability.

Developmental screenings do not diagnose. Screenings provide an overview of your child’s strengths and needs. They can also help parents, caregivers and teachers know how to best prepare children for Kindergarten.


Assessments are specific to developmental domains – cognitive, motor, speech, physical, social/emotional, etc. Assessments measure your child’s level of functioning in a specific domain.

CDI offers assessments in the following domains:

    • Speech and Language (receptive and expressive communication)
    • Physical Development (fine and gross motor)
    • Sensory Processing
    • Feeding
    • Social-Emotional/Behavioral


Evaluations identify a child’s needs in all areas of development and can determine the existence of a delay or disability. A developmental evaluation focuses on the whole child, targeting the following domains:

    • Cognitive development
    • Speech (receptive and expressive language)
    • Physical development (fine and gross motor)
    • Social-Emotional development (including attachment and peer interactions)
    • Self help (adaptive) and behavior

Evaluations are completed through play observations and standardized tests that present your child with certain tasks to determine areas of strength and weakness.

*In-depth evaluations are also available within each of the developmental domains.

CDI is available to answer any of your questions or concerns about your child’s development. For more information, contact Tessa Graham, Director of Clinical Programs at  818-888-4559 or email

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