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Assessments for Children Under the Age of Six
At The Child Assessment and Training Center of Denver, our team utilizes the Transdisciplinary Play-Based Assessment model (TBPA-2). This system of assessment is designed for children from birth to just before the age of six. It is a dynamic and fluid form of assessment that helps our professionals work with parents and children alike to serve their specific needs and discover a child’s strengths and areas that may need support. TBPA is designed with the individual in mind so we can tailor the process to fit your child and your family’s needs.
TPBA-2 involves a session that is 60 minutes long during which your child will be observed while they engage in actual play. This play will typically be with a combination of toys and other materials with which the child is comfortable as well as items that are new. Play-based assessments may include parents and/or guardians, siblings, our assessors, or any combination of those that can help our team assess and understand each child’s needs, levels of understanding, interactions, and more.
Assessments for Children Between the Ages of Six and Eighteen
When your child is at least six years old through the age of eighteen, we may utilize more traditional assessment tools while still using a team approach. This model enables us to help us -identify where your child may excel and also to help you discover areas in which your child can grow and develop to be a happier and more confident person.
When your child is above the age of 6, their assessment is not our TPBA-2 play-based model, but a completely customized evaluation based upon the information we’ve received and what the assessment may include, in addition to recommendations from our team.
Within this assessment, our team still observes, interacts with, and assesses your child from our team-based approach. We focus upon collaboration within all of our various disciplines so your child receives the best and most well-rounded assessment.
These assessments may include cognitive evaluations like the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, fifth edition (WISC-V) or achievement assessments like the Woodcock-Johnson IV psycho-educational test, for example. By utilizing standardized tools like these and the many others we draw upon, we are able to give you an all-encompassing view of where your child is developmentally, socially, educationally, and behaviorally.