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Toddler Services

We support families as they learn how to help their children grow and develop. We prioritize evaluation services for families with children aged 20 months up to 4 years. We offer a toddler play group and parent training.

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Don't know if your child has symptoms of autism or at-risk for other developmental disorders or delays?

Take the M-CHAT-R screener below to get started.

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised (M-CHAT-R) is a screener that will ask a series of 20 questions about your child’s behavior.

It’s intended for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The results will let you know if a further evaluation may be needed.

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Screening Test

The M-CHAT-R is a screening test for autism intended for toddlers between 16-30 months of age. Please answer all of the following questions about your child.

Keep in mind how your child usually behaves. If you have seen your child do the behavior a few times, but he or she does not usually do it, then please answer no.

The M-CHAT-R screening test is used with permission and copyrighted 2009 from Diana Robins, Deborah Fein, & Marianne Barton.

I understand that the M-CHAT-R is NOT a diagnostic tool, nor does completing this screener on our website make you a patient, or receive results from Spectra Therapies or Illumination Psychological Testing.

Toddler Play Group

Toddling Tots Play Group

During the toddler years, children are learning about themselves, others and the world through play.

Toddlers enjoy having other kids around and often copy other children. Parents and therapists can help facilitate play skills by modeling or showing how to use toys in new ways, repetitiously model social phrases like “Hi! I’m Betty,” “Can I play?”, “My turn?” , and “Thank you” and build on one-step requests such as “please pick up that doll.” Older toddlers may learn more about pretend play (imaginative play), sorting items (into categories), learn new words with songs, and play with materials that are made for develop little hand strength.

Our group aims to:

  • Help your toddler play and learn
  • Develop early social skills
  • Help build communication skills

And for some older toddlers:

  • Pretend play
  • Solve problems through play
  • Learn new words
  • Develop fine motor skills


Have questions? We've got you covered. Please contact us directly for additional inquiries.

Spectra Therapies + Evaluations prioritizes work for families with children aged 20 months up to age 3, with developmental delays, disabilities or certain medical diagnoses that may impact development. Spectra services support families as they learn how to help their children grow and learn, such as our evaluation services, parent training and groups for children.
Spectra Therapies + Evaluations and our larger testing center, Illumination Psychological Testing, prioritize scheduling toddler evaluations over child, teen, and adult assessments. We aim to get your child scheduled within 1 - 2 months.
Early diagnosis is key to providing a child the optimal opportunity to access needed treatments. An evaluation assesses areas of development – social emotional, adaptive/self-help, communication, motor or cognition - and may result in a diagnosis. This medical diagnosis may be required to access certain treatments, supports, accommodations and modifications.
Please consider other places for an evaluation, such as an in-network provider, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), or if your child is over the age of 3 your local school district. ECI and Texas public schools may have qualifying eligibility requirements. Assessments completed through your local school will provide educational eligibilities in contrast to medical diagnoses.
Spectra, and our larger testing center Illumination, are out-of-network with all insurances. We have a guide that you may choose to use when you call your insurance to better understand what your out-of-pocket costs may be depending on your out-of-network plan. More and more, some insurance companies are not covering as much of in-network psychological evaluations, especially when deductibles are very high, so please contact your specific plan. Our wait times are typically shorter than in-network providers.
  • A psychologist will conduct a clinical interview with parents or guardians.
  • Objective questionnaires may be sent out to parents and other informants (i.e., day care providers).
  • Consultations with other providers may be scheduled.
  • Day of testing with the toddler typically lasts one to three hours.
  • At the end of the day of testing, the psychologist will provide preliminary impressions or a letter with a diagnosis, depending on the complexity of the case.
  • Feedback session is scheduled 2 weeks after the day of testing and a detailed report follows within another 2 weeks.

A team of licensed or credentialed providers evaluates the child and plans and provides services. The team may include:

  • Licensed Psychologists
  • Licensed Speech Language Pathologist (added fees)

The day of testing (the second step) is always conducted in our larger testing center, suite 102 (Illumination Psychological Testing). The clinical interview and feedback sessions may also be conducted in office or by teleconference via our EHR Simple Practice.

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your testing date. This deposit will be applied toward your total, with the remaining balance due on the day of testing. Credit cards, cash, and checks are accepted.




Most health insurance companies have in- and out-of-network providers (providers = doctors, counselors, etc.). Providers at Spectra Therapies are out-of-network with all insurance companies.

Depending on your policy you may or may not have out-of-network coverage.  If you do have an out-of-network policy, there are varying amounts for deductibles and levels (partial or total) of coverage for our services. It is best for you to call your insurance company before you schedule an appointment with Spectra Therapies to better understand your options.

Some of our students are not billable under insurance companies. Please double-check with us to have a clear understanding if your provider may or may not be covered by your insurance company. All licensed providers are billable under insurance.

First, payment is due at the time of service, unless another payment plan has been agreed upon. Client pays the fee out-of-pocket with cash, check, or credit card.

Second, at the end of every month, we can provide you with a SUPERBILL for completed and paid services. A SUPERBILL is a document made for insurance companies that details the services a provider completes with a client. Essentially, it’s a receipt for your visit, but unlike traditional receipts, superbills contain vital information, like diagnosis and procedure codes (CPT), needed for insurance payers to reimburse you for the services after you’ve paid your provider.

Third, the client submits this superbill to his/her/their insurance company.

Fourth, depending on the coverage, the client may receive the reimbursement check directly to them.

Note -- there are some cases that require pre-authorizations, special assessments, and single-case agreements that require additional steps.

Please speak directly to your Spectra / Illumination provider for these cases; an informedconsent and written release may need to be signed in order for us to help you through these more detailed agreements.