First Visit

What can I expect at my visit? Little girl with toys

When you and your child have been scheduled for a diagnostic assessment and evaluation with Dr. Maria Kroupina, PhD. The evaluation includes two to three sessions usually scheduled in successive weeks.

  • The first visit lasts about 90 minutes and consists of: 1: Clinical observations: how your child plays with you, toys, and a new adult (clinician) and how they respond to a series of separations and reunions in a novel environment, and 2: An interview in which you will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and go over your child’s developmental history.
  • The second visit consists of a developmental assessment lasting 2 hours and overview of the results. Given some children may need more time to finish all of the tasks, a third visit may need to be scheduled.  Based on our evaluation, we will help tailor an intervention plan to your child’s needs.

Given that we work as a team, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss any questions or concerns without your child present. As a pleasant, low-stress experience, your child can stay in the room and play with an assistant while you speak privately with the clinician.