ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT
The questions in this assessment come from several sources that have a deep understanding of the relationship between the level of efficiency (maturation) in the function of our sensory and motor automaticities, and how we interact with our surroundings*. This expresses as physical issues, how we move, how we sense, how we behave and how we think. By isolating a cluster of “symptoms” linked to a phase of infant and childhood development it is then possible to direct therapeutic effort for greater efficacy. The purpose of this website is to provide a tool to make this possible. There are other diagnostic frameworks that work equally well and are worth exploring, but the value of the survey is that it facilitates evaluation without the requisite associated assessment skills.
AGE RANGE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT
The Developmental Assessment is appropriate for both children and adults and may be completed either for oneself or for someone else (a child). Consequently, there will be a good portion of questions which will not be appropriate, and which should just be skipped over. The same goes for a question which you do not know the answer to – just skip to the next question. For example, if you have never observed how the client moves, you would skip through the section of questions related to movement. The answers will start to resolve within the first 30 answered questions.
DO NOT SKIP OVER QUESTIONS WHERE THE SIGNIFICANCE IS LOW, AS LOW VALUES ARE AS SIGNIFICANT AS HIGH VALUES.
By intent, the information is not stored anywhere so that there is no confidentiality (HIPPA) issue. However, it cannot be overemphasized that the results should be noted, as they disappear once you leave the webpage hosting the survey (which will open in a new window. Once you close that window the data is lost.) The Print function in your web browser is a good way to make a pdf of the results.
The survey uses a slider for answering the questions. While this may seem inconvenient, the advantage is that it allows for our subjective observations to play a more dominant role – for the answers to contain a relational quality not as easily captured with absolute values (IE: 1->5 relevance). The answers to the survey isolate therapeutic options into five categories, enabling focused therapeutic effort. The categories are labeled by the layer of ancestral neurophysiology that could use further maturational enhancement. Any individual question or even a cluster of questions is not predictive. However, when many questions covering a range of observations collate, statistically significant variances emerge.
NB: If you are doing the Developmental Assessment for your child, and the top category comes out “Animal”, it does not mean that your child is an animal (although obviously, they are, as are all of us), but rather that that neurophysiological layer would benefit the most from focused intervention.
NB: It is worth emphasizing that the result may or may not be the dominant layer, but rather is the layer that could be most helped into further maturation.
If you are actively using the Developmental Assessment in your practice please refer your clients to this page rather than directly to the Developmental Assessment webpage.
If you are referring clients or otherwise using the Developmental Assessment on a regular basis, a subscription or donation to help in the ongoing efforts to further enhance the utility of this project is appreciated:
For anyone who would like to check to questions/associations, I have included a link to a pdf of the Developmental Assessment questions with the associated postural and dynamic reflexes. The pdf also has the developmental layer as presented in this model which is linked to the reflex (1=Living Things, 5=Primate), to enable checking the correlations embedded in the survey.
PDF OF SURVEY QUESTIONS