What is a Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Assessment?
Provided by: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that children with developmental delay and/or disabilites receive a timely, comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and assessment. The purposes of the evaluation and assessment are to find out: • the nature of your child’s strengths, delays, or difficulties, and • whether or not your child is eligible for early intervention services. Multidisciplinary means that the evaluation group is made up of qualified people who have different areas of training and experience. Together, they know about children’s speech and language skills, physical abilities, hearing and vision, and other important areas of development. They know how to work with children, even very young ones, to discover if a child has a problem or is developing within normal ranges. Group members may evaluate your child together or individually. Evaluation refers to the procedures u