Children are referred to the Riley Child Developmental Center for evaluation of conditions that can interfere with daily living such as autism spectrum disorders, language disorders, attention problems, disruptive behavior, attachment disorder, genetic syndromes and intellectual or cognitive disabilities. Our evaluation team works with each family in an interdisciplinary way to better understand the child's particular learning and developmental needs. This includes coordinating with the child's school and primary physician to gather information and share the findings and recommendations from the evaluation.
The Riley Child Development Center staff includes many different disciplines. The specific team members that you and your child meet with will depend on the questions you have. Team members that may be involved include:
- Clinical, school and pediatric psychology
- Occupational therapy
- Pediatric dentistry
- Pediatrics/behavioral pediatrics
- Physical therapy
- Social work
- Speech/language pathology
Families are supported by a case coordinator who provides navigation and support throughout the evaluation and diagnosis process, and who serves as your link to the Riley Child Development Center team in the future. After the appointment your coordinator will send you a formal report with diagnosis information, as well as recommendations for further services and treatments. Every effort is made to connect you with services and supports in your local area. Contact your coordinator if you need any additional help.
The Riley Child Development Center is also a provider for First Steps, Indiana's early intervention system for children ages newborn to 3. Assessment services for First Steps are available in psychology, social work and pediatrics to address concerns with development, autism, behavior, attachment, social-emotional development, feeding and sleeping. Referrals for First Steps assessment can be made through your First Steps service coordinator.