Early Years Evaluation – Direct Assessment (EYE-DA)
Varsity Natural Health Center offers EYE-DA (Early Years Evaluation Direct Assessment) testing for children ages 3-5. This assessment tool looks at four domains of learning that are essential for school and social readiness.
This assessment allows for parents who are concerned about their child’s overall development to receive information on their child’s fine and gross motor skills, understanding of themselves and their community, communication ability, and cognitive skills such as letter and sound awareness. All of these domains are important indicators of future academic and social success in the school system. The information from the EYE-DA is then used to provide exercises and strategies for parents to implement.
If you are concerned about your child’s emotional, social, or academic development, the EYE-DA is a successful intervention tool that can find the gaps in your child’s learning. These gaps can then be easily filled with intentional strategies and teaching that is provided in the subsequent sessions after testing.
Here is a look at the EYE-DA elements in more depth:
Awareness of Self and Environment – a child’s understanding of the world, his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.
Cognitive Skills – a child’s basic math, pre-reading skills and his or her ability to solve problems.
Language and Communication – a child’s understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.
Fine motor (physical development) – a child’s ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination.
Gross motor (physical development) – a child’s ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.
All testing is done in the clinic alongside the caregiver through simple songs, games, and fun tasks. 4 sessions are recommended with the child needing to be present at only the testing appointment(s). Testing is completed in approximately one sixty minute session, although two sessions may be required depending on the child. The EYE-DA sessions allows for parents to take an active and integral role in their child’s learning.