This assessment should be undertaken the year before the child is due to start school and is used to determine if a child is intellectually and emotionally ready for primary school. A parent developmental history interview is taken along with psychometric testing, clinical observations, and with your consent, preschool teacher interviews. A detailed written report is provided along with an interpretative session to discuss the results and recommendations. We provide suggestions and help you decide whether to pursue school entry or to hold your child back and provide ways of improving readiness to allow for a smooth transition to “big school”.
Developmental Assessments of infants and preschoolers
Developmental assessment is important whenever there are concerns about a young child’s progress. The aim is to identify the child’s strengths and challenges so that specific intervention can focus on the child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. A developmental assessment involves the use of The Griffiths Mental Development Scales – Extended Revised (GMDS-ER), which involves directly testing the child as well as asking the parents about the child’s skills and abilities.
The GMDS -ER is a standardised test which examines the child’s mastery of a variety of skills (divided into five subscales: Locomotor, Personal-Social, Hearing and Speech, Eye and Hand Co-ordination, Performance and Practical Reasoning skills) that provide a yardstick for determining the child’s maturity. A developmental assessment involves a developmental history interview with the parents, administration of the GMDS-ER, with consent a teacher/service provider interview, evaluation of results, provision of detailed written report and a consultation with the parents to discuss any assessment outcomes identified needs and any recommended interventions.