8) Can we videotape the assessment?

Yes, so long as the taping is not disruptive to the assessment or disrupts your child’s attention or performance.

9) Can we audiotape the visit?

Yes, and this is rarely disruptive to a child’s performance.

10) How much time is needed for an evaluation and how much will it cost?

NDC's fees and appointment lengths are determined by a child's age and the location of testing.

For Office visits:

Children under age 3 years: One visit with assessments lasting 90 minutes to two hours. Fee: $700 

Children ages 3 to 4.11 years: Two sessions, each lasting 90 minutes to two hours. Fee: $1,300 

Children ages 5 to 7.11 years: Three sessions, each lasting 90 minutes to two hours. Fee: $1,900 

Children ages 8 to 14.11 years: Four sessions, each lasting 90 minutes to two hours. Fee: $2,500 

Children over 15: To be determined by evaluation time allotted

7) Is Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD) or childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) the same thing as developmental dyspraxia?

No. DVD or CAS is primarily a motor planning deficit in oral motor or speech output. Many if not most children with DVD or CAS have associated motor planning deficits in gross and fine motor. Many children with DVD actually have developmental dyspraxia that is not recognized. It results in learning issues, handwriting issues and attention issues as well. This is important to identify and treat if rehabilitation is to be successful.

1) What is a neurodevelopmental assessment at the Neurodevelopmental Diagnostic Center for Children?

An NDC assessment is a comprehensive evaluation of all brain systems including neuromotor, perception, learning, attention, speech, language, motor planning, cognition and behavior.

2) What's the purpose of a neurodevelopmental assessment?

An NDC assessment is conducted in order to understand how a child learns and how his or her brain functions. The evaluation provides information that can be used to develop early intervention strategies and determine what therapeutic services and neurodevelopmental activities are needed in order to optimize a child’s learning and educational success.

Look at the child's learning style, neurocognitive ability
​and developmental differences.
Evaluate neurodevelopmental performance.
Assess the integrity of motor function.
Recognize unique learning styles.
​Navigate the medical and educational systems.     
L. E. A. R. N.

Frequently Asked Questions

13) Will I receive a copy of the testing results?

Yes. Your child’s assessment will be analyzed by Dr. Samango-Sprouse, who will write a report detailing her findings, conclusions, and recommendations. Reports vary in size based on each child’s age, skills and disorder(s). While Dr. Samango-Sprouse will discuss her initial observations and impressions with the parent(s) during a child’s visit, the formal report typically takes six weeks to finalize and be delivered to the family. When absolutely necessary, arrangements can be made to expedite a report.

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact: 

Teresa Sadeghin 

Phone: 410-798-7934 

Email: sprousekids@yahoo.com

12) Does NDC accept insurance?

An evaluation at NDC is fee-for-service, so we cannot accept insurance. You will be expected to pay the entire fee at the time of the assessment. We will provide an itemized bill with a detailed explanation of the testing conducted.

5) How can an infant be tested?

Well-developed, standardized assessment tools are used to evaluate an infant’s neurobehavioral organization, control, modulation and neurodevelopmental performance. Dr. Samango-Sprouse studied neurobehavioral assessment at the Children's Hospital of Boston with Dr. Heidilaise Als, a renowned Harvard University scholar. She is an expert in rare neurogenetic disorders and is skilled in observing and summarizing an infant's unique learning style in order to optimize his or her developmental outcome. She is experienced in neurodevelopmental training (NDT), assessment of pre-term infant behavior (APIB) and the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale (BNABS).

Dr. Sprouse recently released research showing infants can be tested as young as 9 months of age for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using non-invasive methods that can be performed by your pediatrician. For more information on these methods, read her research.

6) What is developmental dyspraxia?

Developmental dyspraxia, which impacts boys more often than girls by a ratio of 4:1, is a developmental disorder exhibited by a difficulty in motor planning actions, sounds, or words. Motor planning deficits include difficulty identifying actions, planning actions, and/or executing actions. Children with developmental dyspraxia may have problems with motor actions, such as speaking, running, jumping, eating, or swallowing with spontaneity or on command. Children with developmental dyspraxia have developmental challenges that require support in order to be successful.

3) What are syndrome-specific neurodevelopmental activities?
Syndrome-specific goals and objectives recognize that each child’s neurogenetic disorder must be considered in the development of his or her Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in order to optimize success. Syndrome-specific activities, which are recommended to promote developmental achievement and recovery are developed based on the neurogenetic disorder involved and the child's strengths, weaknesses, and behavior.

4) Should all children with neurodevelopmental disorders have a neurodevelopmental evaluation? 

Yes. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders have a significantly increased risk for learning dysfunction and school failure. They often have developmental dyspraxia and language-based learning disabilities, including speech and language problems, dyslexia, written composition problems, auditory processing deficits, and possible secondary behavioral problems. These deficits impact all aspects of learning and success in life.






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11) Where does NDC hold clinics?

Through parent requests, NDC travels to Chicago, IL; Fort Lauderdale, FL; and San Francisco, CA. Contact Teresa at sprousekids@yahoo.com for specific dates.