East Central Behavioral Health Establishes Child Behavior Assessments at Brookings Health’s Outreach Clinic

Posted: 4/25/2016

East Central Behavioral Health has established a child behavior assessment for children ages 2 to 17 the first Thursday of each month at Brookings Health System’s outreach specialty clinic. The next clinic day is May 5.

The behavioral assessment provides parents, guardians and educators with an inclusive appraisal of a child’s behavior. Results may exclude or include possible diagnoses, especially for suspected Autism Spectrum and like disorders. A comprehensive report from the assessment explains likely behavior causes and recommends next steps.

To obtain an accurate diagnosis and build a complete picture of a child’s disorder, a transdisciplinary team of medical and behavioral professionals must each assess the child. The family-focused team includes a pediatric medical provider, a licensed psychologist, an occupational therapist, a speech-language pathologist, a licensed counselor and a licensed social worker. A child is seen by the team through the course of one day, spending approximately 45 to 60 minutes with each professional.

Children who are candidates for transdisciplinary child behavior assessment includes those who show developmental delays, aggressive behaviors, difficulty with social situations or unresolved problems in school. Most insurance is accepted for assessments and usually there are no out-of-pocket costs for parents.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call East Central Behavioral Health at (605) 697-2850. No referral is required.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center, White Medical Clinic and Volga Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.