A free developmental screening is often the first step in starting pediatric support services. Some families, caregivers or teachers may have specific concerns regarding a child’s development. Others may have “undetected” needs. Screenings can help better identify areas of strength and areas that may benefit from support. An MTC screening, with highly qualified, licensed and credentialed therapists begins the process of determining if a child’s development is progressing as expected. Screenings are typically 10-15 minutes.

What is the difference between a screening and a consultation?

Consultations, similar to screenings are free of charge. Often times, within certain areas of a child’s development such as sensory processing or social/emotional skills a consultation is a more targeted first step than a screening. Consultations typically take 10-15 minutes as well and provide a licensed occupational therapist or a behavioral counselor the opportunity to speak directly to the family/staff regarding what is occurring for the child in his/her environment. The MTC therapist will ask questions regarding what interventions have already been tried, determine length and frequency of occurrence and offer recommendations for additional options of support and skill building. If further evaluation is warranted those options will also be reviewed during the consultation.

How is a screening done?:
Feedback from teachers and the parents along with completion of the health history form provided by MTC is valuable in this collaborative process.

  • Therapist’s use blocks, scissors and crayons to look at fine motor skills.
  • You may see our therapists engaging a child in a jumping or walking games to screen gross motor skills.
  • Therapist’s asks questions, use picture cards and have the children follow directions as well as engage in conversations to assess speech,language and literacy skills.

What areas are looked at in a screening?

  • What the child understands (receptive language)
  • Gross motor skills
  • What the child says (expressive language)
  • Fine motor skills
  • How the child says words (articulation/speech production)
  • Cognitive abilities
  • Social/behavioral skills
  • Self help skills

The Next Step:
Using information gained in a screening/consultation and discussion with teachers parents and caregivers the MTC team can determine the next steps for any additional follow up.

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