SPECIALIZED DIAGNOSTIC

The interdisciplinary team of the Centre makes a specialized diagnostic on request of the CNI.

The process of specialized diagnostic of the CDSE is based on the AFI (Assessment for Intervention) model, which has been applied and evaluated in the Netherlands since 1997 and has been identified as 'best practice' by the European Agency for Special Needs Education and Inclusive Education (Pameijer & Pijl, 2006).

An anamnesis interview with parents/legal guardians and the exchange with the professionals who accompany the development process of the child/adolescent provide information about the individual development from a psycho-emotional, behavioural, academic, medical, social and family perspective. These data, together with the specialized diagnostics of the CDSE, allow us to take a holistic/systemic view of the situation of the child/adolescent and to derive appropriate measures.

Based on the ETEP program (Development Therapy/Development Pedagogy), the CDSE's specialized diagnostics assess the student's current individual developmental status and competencies in the following areas: behaviour, communication, socialisation and academic performance. In this way, goals for the socio-emotional development of the child or adolescent can be set, goal-oriented learning activities planned, interventions defined and learning progress documented. Thanks to specialized diagnostics, it is possible to identify behavioral patterns related to the emotional memory, social role, developmental fears, existential crises and defense mechanisms of the child/adolescent.