12 and 18 months
At 12 months and again at 18 months by a developmental team member, medical team member and social worker will see your child.
A parent/primary caregiver needs to be present during these assessments. If you have twins two adults should come to this appointment so that both children can be tested during the same time slot. Having a parent/primary caregiver present is important for making your child feel comfortable. It is also important for you to tell us what you have seen your child do at home and what your concerns may be. The information provided by you, together with the test results help us understand your child's strengths and weaknesses. This information will be used to decide what services, additional testing, or treatments, your child may need.
Developmental Evaluation: A member of our developmental team will assess your child. The Bayley Scales of Infant Development: Second Edition is the test that is usually used. This test compares your child's performance (corrected for prematurity) to the performance of the average child of that age. This test can inform us about your child's development right now. This test will not tell us what your child will be able to do when he/she is older. This is why we will schedule your child for several evaluations during the preschool years. The best way to learn about a young child's development is to look at the child over time. This enables us to look at how your child has changed since the last assessment, as well as comparing your child's performance to the average performance for a particular age.
Physical Examination: A member of our medical team will address any medical issues that may have arisen since your last visit at the clinic. They will again perform a physical examination.
Social Worker Visit: If you did not have the opportunity to meet with our social worker she will meet with you during at least one of these visits. Some families may be actively working with our social worker and she will make a special effort to talk with them during this appointment. Any family may request to see the social worker during any visit to clinic.
Summary: You will be given feedback at the end of the session. In addition, several weeks after this visit you will receive a written report. This report will describe what your child did for us and it will list any recommendations we may have made.
If between visits you become concerned about any area of your child's development, we urge you to call us. If the problem can not be handled over the phone, we may request to see your child, or we may suggest an appointment with an outside specialist. Please use us as a resource for helping your child.