When the child’s file is completed, it is thoroughly revised by the specialists and assessment dates are scheduled. The evaluation procedure may be accomplished over several sessions so the therapists ensure that the child’s performance is not influenced by the new setting or people. Also, the psychologist meets the parents and may follow them up for parental consultation and guidance. The Social worker does a social and financial research by visiting the family. This helps in deciding the costs of each therapy session. The home visitor also conducts assessment at the child’s house.
A Multidisciplinary Evaluation Report (MER) is prepared and the team meets the parents to explain the results and the proposed therapy method.
The evaluation phase - which is considered the starting point in the therapy plan - requires great accuracy and effort from the team.
The evaluation process is an ongoing process that results in a full and comprehensive plan to evaluate child development and growth. Therefore,the purpose of evaluation is not only to identify the weaknesses of the child, but also his strengths.This way, the multidisciplinary team can elaborate a specific therapy plan for each child to help him overcome or compensate for his/her weaknesses by helping him to develop his/her abilities.