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.
An MDDC evaluation may be recommended to families who have concerns regarding the development of their child under 3 years of age. Such concerns may include possible delays in language, motor, cognitive/intellectual, or social development; behavioral challenges; and/or concerns about possible Autism Spectrum red flags. An MDDC evaluation can help families understand their child’s strengths and needs in order to identify any delays or diagnoses and create an individualized treatment and educational plan.
This evaluation examines a child’s development (from birth to 3 years of age) in major areas of functioning, such as:
Language and Communication
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
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.
Contact us to make your appointment today, and help your child get the right start! Appointments are offered in Aventura, South Miami and Weston.
If you are interested in obtaining the assessment for your child in the comfort of your home, PPA offers WEEI-ASD Evaluations . If you are unsure if this is a good option for your family, contact us so that we can offer guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about our MDDC
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.
The fee for this comprehensive evaluation is $2,000. If there 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.
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.