Integrated... During the IDA process, practitioners gather information from multiple sources, integrate that information in a meaningful way, and create a plan of action. Duplication of effort and information is eliminated. This saves time and money, reduces the stress created by more fragmented approaches, and yields more complete information. The IDA process leads to efficient and informed decisions.
Health... A unique aspect of IDA is its solid health component. The impact of health on the child’s development must be considered. Non-healthcare professionals can obtain and organize important health information with the guidance provided in IDA.
Family... Parents are engaged as full partners in the assessment process. As a result, data includes their experiences with the child in natural environments over the child’s life span and as full participants in the process, parents gain insight into their child’s status and needs, and are therefore committed to implementing the resulting recommendations.
Developmental Profile... The Provence Profile, authored by Sally Provence, M.D., comprises the developmental assessment in Phase Four of IDA. The Provence Profile covers eight developmental domains: gross motor, fine motor, cognitive/relationship to inanimate objects, communication & language, self-help, relationship to persons, emotions and feeling states, and coping.