What is a Screening?

A screening is performed to determine which type of evaluation, if any, is necessary. A screening will not be performed if the child is known to have a diagnosed condition with a high probability of developmental delay.

Where is the Screening performed?

At Finger Lakes Therapy Works, we generally conduct evaluations in the child’s home, daycare or community setting they are most comfortable in. This helps to ensure that our evaluators obtain the most accurate assessment of each child’s abilities. The Finger Lakes Therapy Works evaluator will go to the location chosen by the parents/guardians to conduct the evaluation.

Who performs the Screening?

Finger Lakes Therapy Works’ screening professionals are specially trained to assess the needs of children of all ages in all areas of development. Areas that can be screened include: cognitive development, physical development, including vision and hearing, communication development, social-emotional development and adaptive development. The screening will be performed by a qualified person from the discipline of concern for that child. The qualified person will have advanced degrees, New York state licenses and or certifications in their area of expertise.

Qualified Personnel include, but are not limited to:

  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Special Educators
  • School Psychologists
  • Fluency, Assistive Technology, Feeding/Swallowing Specialists

How can I get a Screening for my child?

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. EIP is funded by New York State and county governments. If eligible, services are provided at no cost to the families.

To refer children ages birth to three to the EIP you should call your local County Health Department or call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006.

A list of approved screening sites will be provided by the Health Department. The parents/guardians choose which agency will complete the screening and schedule an appointment.

What happens after the Screening is completed?

Upon completion of the screening the team will share their results with the family, answering any questions and addressing all concerns the family may have. This discussion will result in determining whether the child is in need of further evaluation and which type of evaluation it will be. The results of the screening are then complied into a written report containing testing results and observations, made during the screening, and distributed to the parents..