What does a Developmental Assessment Involve?
A developmental assessment usually includes observation, parent consultation, and assessment with a child. The Griffiths III is a gold-standard developmental assessment that we use to assess cognitive, language, motor, and personal-social-emotional development of children from 0-6 years of age.
The team can refer you to speech and language, occupational therapy, and developmental services in KAUST and beyond that can help support your child.  We can also recommend strategies that you can implement at home as a parent to support your child’s development and inform you of any relevant programing at the FCSC that might be of assistance to your family.
An autism assessment is a multi-disciplinary assessment that measures a child's cognitive ability, language development, and social-communication interaction. The ADOS-2 and ADI-R are two gold standard autism measures used by the team as part of a comprehensive autism assessment.
The Team can provide Pediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT) training. This evidence-based therapy uses Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) to support parents to develop their children's social, communication skills in the home setting through play.

A literacy assessment measures overall verbal ability, literacy skills (e.g. word reading, comprehension, fluency, and spelling), and the underlying cognitive processes known to cause literacy difficulties (phonological awareness, phonological memory, and phonological processing speed).

Yes. While the team acknowledge that many professionals help identify children with developmental delays and autism, our team has accessed additional specialist training to carry out the gold standard assessments required to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine these needs.
We currently work with independent SLPs and OTs who we can signpost parents to, should these areas be identified as areas of difficulty for your child.
All reports generated at the Family and Child Support Center are the property of parents. However, as a team we strongly encourage the sharing of data with everyone supporting the child. Requests to withhold information from other stakeholders supporting a child (e.g. school) will be discussed directly with the parent.
Yes, they mostly certainly can. In fact, the center encourages children who are either not enrolled at The KAUST School or are too young to enroll at The KAUST School to visit, if parents are concerned about their learning or development, so that any difficulties can be identified early, and support provided.
The focus of the Family and Child Support Center is to provide early intervention, parent information and specialist support, and to work with parents to upskill them to deliver interventions directly to their children. Thus, the centre is open to all children in the KAUST community regardless of whether they are enrolled at The KAUST School or not.
Currently, parents can pay by card to the receptionist for an assessment or block of intervention support. The center will provide reports and a receipt of payment. Parents are advised to inquire from your insurance provider for these costs.
Assessment and intervention costs can be discussed at intake as they are dependent on the number of sessions needed and the frequency of the support provided.
Currently, we do not have the capacity to conduct assessments or interventions in Arabic. However, we can signpost parents to Arabic speaking practitioners should this be required.