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DC:0-5 assessment is a developmentally based system for diagnosing mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers. The assessment process includes evaluating developmental challenges in young children, while taking into consideration how relationships and environmental factors contribute to the child’s social and emotional well-being and developmental progress.

DC:0-5 assessment process strives to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental health problems in the earliest years of children by identifying and describing disorders not addressed in other classification systems, and by pointing the way to effective intervention approaches.