OAR581-15-0942(3)(b) and 581-015-0946(3(b) defines and explains the importance of teams to examine all areas of potential delay when conducting an evaluation, even when the main reasons for referral are emotional or behavioral. The criteria for Developmental Delay (DD) are as follows:

  1. The child experiences a developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations or more below the mean in two or more of the listed skill areas.
    1. Cognitive development
    2. Physical development (gross or fine motor development)
    3. Communication development (receptive language or expressive language)
    4. Social or emotional development Adaptive development
  2. Isolated traumatic events may lead to emotional/behavioral changes in young children which, while serious and disruptive, are often short in duration.
  3. Young children are often responsive to short term behavioral intervention. Many behavior rating scales have comparatively low test-retest reliability and should be used carefully.
  4. Medical factors can have potential impact on child behavior.
  5. Differing cultural norms can exert an influence on behavior.
  6. Inappropriate educational programs/practices can affect child behavior.

This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CRF Section 1304.21,1308.10
It was approved by Policy Council on December 12, 2000.

Updated June 2008

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