Developmental assessments are a vital part of ensuring that children are on track developmentally. They can help to identify any delays or disabilities early on, so that children can receive the support they need to reach their full potential.
OrbRom Center in Phnom Penh is a leading provider of developmental assessments. Our team of experienced professionals uses a variety of tools and methods to assess a child’s development in all areas, including:
- Communication: This includes a child’s ability to understand and use language, both verbally and nonverbally.
- Cognitive skills: This includes a child’s ability to think, learn, and problem-solve.
- Social-emotional skills: This includes a child’s ability to interact with others and manage their emotions.
- Physical skills: This includes a child’s fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory processing skills.
Developmental assessments at OrbRom Center are typically conducted on an outpatient basis. The assessment process begins with a parent interview, followed by a variety of activities and tests that are tailored to the child’s individual needs. Once the assessment is complete, the professional will provide a written report that summarizes the child’s strengths and weaknesses, and provides recommendations for further support or intervention.
Why are developmental assessments important?
There are many reasons why developmental assessments are important. Here are just a few:
- Early identification: Developmental assessments can help to identify delays or disabilities early on, when intervention is most effective.
- Targeted support: Developmental assessments can help to identify the specific areas where a child needs support. This information can be used to develop a personalized intervention plan.
- Peace of mind: Developmental assessments can provide parents with peace of mind by knowing that their child is developing on track.
When should my child have a developmental assessment?
There are no hard and fast rules about when children should have developmental assessments. However, it is generally recommended that all children have an assessment at their 18-month checkup. Children who are at risk for developmental delays or disabilities may need to be assessed more frequently.
Signs of developmental delay
There are a number of signs that may indicate that a child is experiencing a developmental delay. These signs can vary depending on the child’s age and the specific area of development affected. However, some common signs of developmental delay include:
- Communication: Not babbling or pointing by 12 months, not using single words by 18 months, or not using two-word phrases by 24 months.
- Cognitive skills: Not showing interest in toys or games, not being able to solve simple problems, or not being able to follow simple instructions.
- Social-emotional skills: Not making eye contact, not smiling or laughing, or not showing interest in other people.
- Physical skills: Not having good head control by 6 months, not rolling over by 9 months, not sitting up by 12 months, or not walking by 18 months.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to their pediatrician. They can assess your child’s development and recommend further steps, if necessary.
What happens during a developmental assessment at OrbRom Center?
The developmental assessment process at OrbRom Center typically includes the following steps:
- Parent interview: The professional will begin by interviewing the parents to learn about the child’s medical history, developmental milestones, and any concerns that the parents have.
- Observation: The professional will observe the child interacting with their parents and the environment. This will help the professional to assess the child’s communication, social-emotional, and physical skills.
- Standardized tests: The professional may also administer standardized tests to assess the child’s cognitive skills. These tests are designed to measure specific developmental milestones, such as language skills, memory, and problem-solving skills.
After the assessment
Once the assessment is complete, the professional will provide a written report that summarizes the child’s strengths and weaknesses, and provides recommendations for further support or intervention. The professional will also be happy to answer any questions that the parents have about the assessment results.
If you are concerned about your child’s development, please contact OrbRom Center to schedule a developmental assessment. Our team of experienced professionals is here to help your child reach their full potential.