Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when to get an assessment?

  • I’ve noticed that my child is not meeting his/her milestones
  • I’ve noticed some differences in how my child: plays, learns, speaks, understands, socialises, emotionally responds, moves/grows, and/or behaves
  • As a parent/guardian I feel as though something may not be right
  • My GP/ Paediatrician/ Child Care Professional is concerned/has noticed differences in my child’s development  

When is the best time to get an assessment?

As soon as I possibly can!

Early intervention:

    • Can make a real difference in your child
    • Can better improve abilities 
    • Can change your child’s developmental pathway
    • Is more likely to produce more effective outcomes 

Who can refer me?

  • Yourself! Any parent/guardian can do a self-referral
  • Your GP or paediatrician
  • Other Specialists
  • Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Therapists, SLPs, OTs, PTs, etc.
  • Educators (e.g., Principal, School teacher)
  • Child Care/Development Professionals

What do I say? What do I ask?

I am concerned about…”

“I have noticed/seen…”

“I have heard…is this true/false?”

“What does this mean?”

“What will this process entail?”

“What can I do to help?”

  • Be as specific as you can in your statements and questions 
  • Be descriptive without embellishing
  • Be honest
  • Forget “jargon” use words and information you know

How do I prepare?

I, the Parent/Guardian, can prepare by:

    • Explaining to my child (all ages) that he/she has an upcoming assessment, well in advance
    • Ensuring that both my child and I have had a good night’s rest, and a hearty breakfast
    • Arriving on-time, so that no one is frazzled
    • As applicable, having all parents/guardians present at all meetings

What payment methods do you accept?

Currently, we only accept the following payment methods:  

  • Bank transfers
  • Direct Deposits

Please note that we do not accept cash payments.

For any other questions, feel free to contact us:

Joab Developmental Assessments