St. Gerard House offers a variety of fee-based evaluations for those trying to understand more about their child's specific skills and areas of improvement. Below is a list of each type of evaluation with a short description. You may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a fee sheet. 


Please note, we cannot provide an evaluation for the purpose of diagnosing your child. See Resources* at the bottom of this page if you need to obtain a diagnosis.

If you are interested in any of the evaluations listed below, please call our office to schedule an appointment.


Needs Assessment
Often the first step in the planning process of intervention.  It involves questionnaires, interviews, and direct observations of behavior(s) of concern. Individuals, family members, and teachers are included in the accumulation of accurate information needed to determine appropriate recommendations for skill deficits and interfering behaviors exhibited by the person of interest.


Ecological Assessment
A protocol of assessment that examines the complex interrelationships between an individual’s behavior and his many environments.  It involves the collection of data and assessing behavior of the person of interest across multiple settings and people (e.g., home, school, community).


Functional Behavior Assessment
A systematic assessment system that obtains information for the explanation (function) of why a person demonstrates problematic behavior.  Results of the assessment are used to guide the design of a behavior-specific intervention used for decreasing problematic behaviors and increasing appropriate replacement behaviors.


Formal Functional Skills Assessment
Criterion-referenced behavior assessments such as the ABLLS (Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills) and the VB-MAPP (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program) are used to identify areas targeted in individual intervention programs and to guide IEP/ IFSP goals.  In addition, various social skills and adaptive inventories are available to specifically identify social those that should be targeted for treatment.


Resources* If you need to obtain a diagnosis and live in WNC, please contact the CDSA, Carolina Pediatric Therapy, or the Olson Huff Center.