When there is a question about how a child is learning, developing or behaving and/or a developmental screening identifies the need for further assessment, an MLDA provides a comprehensive global developmental assessment protocol. This brief but comprehensive assessment addresses the needs of children with mild and moderate levels of developmental and behavior concerns. It ensures that children identified through developmental surveillance and screening will receive timely assessment. MLDA promotes earlier intervention for these children by allowing a majority of them to bypass full diagnostic tertiary level evaluations and begin appropriate supportive or therapeutic services right away.
Because the MLDA results in timely family and child-specific recommendations and a service plan, it expedites referral to lesser intensity community-based services such as family resource centers, parent education, home visiting services, and developmental and therapeutic play groups.
Read our MLDA story on the Vermont Department of Health performance dashboard.
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