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Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Clinic (MDDC)

Our Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Clinic (MDDC) at Pediatric Psychology Associates provides a comprehensive play-based assessment of a child’s development. The first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in the process of development. Research shows that early identification of a child’s challenges can significantly improve the factors that place children at-risk for developmental delay. Early intervention provides supports for the child as a whole and are essential in helping children learn and grow to their potential.

If you believe that your infant or toddler may have a cognitive, developmental, or language delay, or if your young child is having emotional or behavioral challenges,  a Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Evaluation may be warranted. This evaluation examines a child’s development (from birth to 3 years of age) in major areas of functioning, such as:

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Language and Communication

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Behavior/Temperment

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Our Multi-Disciplinary Developmental Clinic (MDDC) utilizes an ‘arena style’ approach (all professionals are in the evaluation together) of highly qualified professional from different areas of training and experience. Our group of evaluators has been carefully selected for their Expertise in Early Childhood and includes Pediatric Psychologist, Pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist and Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Our team of experts will evaluate your child and provide appropriate recommendations to best fit your child’s individual needs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR MDDC:

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT THE DAY OF MY APPOINTMENT?
The assessment process takes from 1½ to 2 ½ hours. Parents are asked to remain present throughout the evaluation in order to provide support and comfort to their child. It important that prior to the evaluation your child had a good night’s sleep, wears comfortable clothing, have favorite toys and snacks readily available.

WHAT IS THE FEE FOR THIS EVALUATION AND DOES INSURANCE COVER THESE EVALUATIONS?
The fee for this comprehensive evaluation is $1000. If their are concerns that your child may have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule) can also be administered for an additional $500. Insurance coverage varies depending on your policy. Please check directly with your insurance provider regarding coverage. We will provide you with a detailed statement you can submit directly to your insurance company for reimbursement. Payment is due at the time of the evaluation.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE EVALUATION?
Following testing, immediate verbal feedback of the results is provided to the parents. A formal written report is provided to families within one week.  An intervention plan can be provided as well as continued guidance or follow-up consultation on an as needed basis.

Contact us to make your appointment today, and help your child get the right start!
Appointments Offered in Aventura, Weston, and Coral Gables.