The Interdisciplinary Assessment Clinic works with individuals and families from western Wisconsin. Under the direct supervision of faculty supervisors, student clinicians representing Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology), Education and Learning, Nursing, School Psychology, Family Assessment, and Special Education conduct comprehensive evaluations on children/adolescents/young adults referred from the community. Undergraduate and graduate students from these disciplines work collaboratively on interprofessional teams to provide high quality services to clients.
Comprehensive evaluations typically involve the following:
- Parent and child/adolescent interviews
- Teacher interviews and school observations of the child or adolescent
- Cognitive assessments
- Academic assessments
- Language assessments
- Behavioral assessments
- Developmental assessments
- Psychological assessments
- Assessments of social and emotional functioning
Assessment for services
During the first step in the assessment process, student clinicians collect background information about the client. This generally involves visits to the client's home for a parent interview and/or family assessment and a school visit for school-aged children.
Next, the client is scheduled to visit the HDC for an evaluation. Student clinicians interview the client and family and use other evaluation procedures to address the referral concerns.
The results of the evaluations and recommendations are presented to the client and/or parents at a multidisciplinary staffing or conference. Various options are explored during this conference. These might include special educational programming, referral to a service agency, or follow-up services that the HDC can provide or develop for the client. Clients receive written reports following this meeting.
Who is typically referred to the Human Development Center (HDC)?
Clients include infants, toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, and young adults. Services typically include assessment, intervention, and school consultation. Clients are referred to the HDC by parents, service agencies, schools, and health care providers. Common referral problems include:
- Behavior and adjustment problems
- Developmental disabilities
- Learning problems and/or disabilities
- Reading difficulties
- Speech, language, and communication problems
- Physical handicaps
- Social concerns
- Attention-deficit disorders
Who will be working with your child?
Student Clinicians are typically graduate students or undergraduate students with advanced standing majoring in the areas of reading, school psychology, special education, communication sciences and disorders, nursing, or social work. Student Clinicians work under the supervision of UWEC faculty who are licensed/certified in their respective disciplines.
What is the cost?
Charges for assessment services provided by the HDC range from $200-$300. In the event of financial hardship, clients may apply for reduced fees.
Where is the center located and when is it open?
The Human Development Center is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, in the Human Sciences and Services building, 239 Water Street. The HDC is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Client evaluations and conferences typically take place on Thursdays.
How do I contact the HDC?
Call 715-836-5604, Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or e-mail Toni Volbrecht at VOLBRETS@uwec.edu. Send letter to: UWEC- Human Development Center, PO Box 4004, HSS 160, Eau Claire, WI 54702.