The Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC) provides interdisciplinary developmental evaluations and referral services for children who are considered high-risk from birth up to age three. The goal of these visits is to monitor overall health, physical development, and behavior as well as communication and problem-solving skills.
Our program follows children who have required intensive medical care in the first three years of life. These infants and young children are known to be "at risk" for developmental and/or behavioral challenges. Clinic staff members evaluate growth and development, ensure access to resources, and assist parents in caring for their child's medical and developmental needs. Referrals to agencies that can further support growth and development are made as needed.
The DEC allows for long-term, repeat assessments to watch for developmental difficulties that may emerge over time as children grow. The earlier the intervention, the better the outcome. By working together we can buffer the long-term impact of "risk factors" such as early intensive care and/or heart surgery. Our goal is to provide excellent clinical care and developmental follow-up.