How to Check at Home

Here are a few briefs tests you can perform at home to check for possible developmental deviations. If you notice any positive findings in the following activities, this would indicate a need for further evaluation to help improve the participant’s quality of life.

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Posture

Dominance and Lateralization.

Core Strength

Check any of the following:

When standing with feet shoulder width apart, ask participant to stand and look straight ahead with hands at side.

The following are postural deviations to note:

  • Head Tilt to side (yes/no)
  • Head rotated to one side or other (yes/no)
  • Shoulder height difference (yes/no)
  • One eye larger than the other (yes/no)
  • Toes pointed in or out (yes/no)

Ask the participant to perform the following tasks:

  • Throw a ball to you with one hand
  • Kick a ball to you with one foot
  • Look through a rolled up piece of paper
  • Pretend to answer a cell phone call

Note which eye, ear, foot, and hand the participant uses for these activities.

  • Hand (right/left)
  • Foot (right/left)
  • Eye (right/left)
  • Ear (right/left)

It is best to be fully lateralized, meaning that the participant is dominant on one side or the other in all aspects of the testing. Mixed dominance (lack of full lateralization) indicates possible developmental deviations.

Perform the following tests:

  • Superman – Participant should lay face down on the ground and extend arms out in front of them. Time the participant to see how long they can lift their arms and legs off the ground and hold that position.
  • Side Plank – Participant should lie on their side on the ground and place elbow on the ground underneath the shoulder. The participant’s feet should stack on top of each other. Time the participant on how long they can elevate their body off of the ground and hold with only the elbow and feet making contact with the floor.

Adult participants should hold for more than one minute. Child participants should hold these positions for more than 30 seconds.

Do any of these symptoms describe the participant

  • Trouble focusing in class or at work (yes/no)
  • Difficulty making/maintaining social connections (yes/no)
  • Difficulty understanding non-verbal communication (yes/no)
  • Says letters jump around on the page when reading (yes/no)
  • Sustained hyperactivity (yes/no)
  • Diminished sense of consequence (yes/no)