If you have a concern regarding your child's development, you need to identify professionals who can assist you in identifying the root causes of your concerns and developing a comprehensive intervention plan if necessary. A team of professionals representing various disciplines would be able to provide a comprehensive picture of your child's level of functioning. However, most teams are likely to have one individual leading the team. It is recommended that you choose a team leader who has expertise in the developmental area where your primary concerns exist. This individual should be able to aide you in identifying other appropriate disciplines that should be included.
When selecting professionals, it is important that you work only with professionals who provide respect and recognition to you as the most aware expert concerning your child's developmental progress. Additionally, these professionals should utilize a functional approach to assessment and intervention.
The following questions may help you in selecting qualified professionals for evaluations and interventions:
Does the professional listen to your concerns without judgment and incorporate these concerns into assessment and intervention planning? Is there scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of this approach? Can the professional provide you with articles or resources on their particular approach? Does the approach utilize a functional perspective for understanding and addressing areas of challenge? Does the approach facilitate generalization of skills across everyday routines, activities, people, and places? Does the approach include opportunities for family involvement? Is the approach tailored specifically to your child's specific strengths and needs? How long will it take to receive a copy of your child's interdisciplinary evaluation? How will the results of the evaluation influence your child's comprehensive intervention plan? Are there any potential risks or harms associated with this approach? Can the professional put you in contact with other families that they have worked with?