What is a Supplemental Evaluation?

This evaluation may be completed as part of the initial multidisciplinary evaluation and will be included with the written summary. This evaluation may also be completed after the initial multidisciplinary evaluation and must be written into the child’s IFSP prior to performing the evaluation.

Where is the Supplemental Evaluation 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. The Evaluator will gather background information and utilize various assessment tools to test the child’s developmental level in the single area of concern.

Who performs the Supplemental Evaluation?

Finger Lakes Therapy Works’ evaluators are specially trained to assess the needs of children of all ages in all areas of development. Areas that can be evaluated include: cognitive development, physical development, including vision and hearing, communication development, social-emotional development and adaptive development. The supplemental evaluation 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 Supplemental Evaluation 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 evaluation sites will be provided by the Health Department. The parents/guardians choose which agency will complete the evaluation and schedule an appointment.

What happens after the Supplemental Evaluation is completed?

Upon completion of the evaluation the team will share their results with the family, answering any questions and addressing all concerns the family may have. This discussion may result in determining whether the child is eligible for funding of services through the Early Intervention Program. The results of the evaluation are then composed into a written report containing testing results and observations, made during the evaluation, and distributed to the parents. With the parents’ written permission, the report is also shared with any appropriate providers, and a file copy is retained in our agency records.