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ERIC Number: ED441035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-28
Pages: 12
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Efficacy of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation for Preschoolers with Suspected Developmental Delays.
Klein, Evelyn R.; Stull, Judith
At the Temple University Center for Research in Human Development and Education, Pennsylvania's largest independent multidisciplinary evaluation program, approximately 300 preschool aged children are evaluated annually to determine developmental performance in the areas of cognition, speech-language, gross and fine motor skills, social-emotional development, and adaptive behavior and to make appropriate followup recommendations. This paper presents data from nearly 1,000 children evaluated from 1995 to 1998. Primary referrals come from parents or guardians, usually concerned about speech/language problems. Physicians provided about 16% of primary referrals. In 57% of the cases, physicians neither encouraged nor discouraged evaluation, but suggested that parents follow their own instincts. Parents were found to be most accurate at suspecting speech/language problems and behavioral delays. Findings indicate that 627 of the 661 children (94.9%) referred for speech/language concerns were actually found to present a significant delay warranting therapeutic intervention. Of 350 complaints concerning behavioral issues, 326 children (93.1%) were found to qualify for services. Parents were less accurate at identifying cognitive problems, and least accurate at identifying developmental delays in the areas of adaptive behavior/self-help skills, fine motor, and gross motor abilities. Trends and implications are discussed. A list of tests most widely used in evaluating these children is attached. (Contains 6 figures and 15 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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