Evaluating children for developmental concerns

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Developmental Evaluation Programs evaluate Vermont children who are thought to have a developmental difference or developmental disability.

While all children develop at their own pace, some children develop at a rate that may concern parents, caregivers and providers.There are many possible causes of differences in a child’s social, motor, language or play skills. These range from developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, genetic disorders, learning disabilities, hearing or vision impairments, and the effects of medical illnesses or injuries.


A child’s environment, including exposure to certain substances (such as alcohol or lead), as well as toxic stress can also affect a child’s development. Regardless of medical history, all children should be screened for developmental delay by their primary care provider.

How do we begin?

Simply call our central intake and referral line at 802-847-2007 to speak with the intake staff. A triage team will determine if a developmental evaluation is appropriate, or if another resource may be more helpful. All developmental and autism evaluations will require a referral from the child’s primary care provider and should be discussed with them in advance. Children’s Integrated Services/Early Intervention may also make a referral for developmental or Autism evaluation.

For Providers
  • Referral Form to be completed by primary care providers or Children’s Integrated Services/Early Intervention (ONLY)

All developmental and autism evaluations currently take place at
The University of Vermont Medical Center
1 South Prospect Street, Burlington, Vermont.

Contact us

Developmental Evaluation Programs – Intake Team. 

Tel: 802-847-2007.  Fax: 802-847-3358.

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