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DC:0-5 assessment is a developmentally based system designed to help professionals diagnose mental health and developmental disorders in infants and toddlers. The assessment process includes a mental health professional evaluating developmental challenges in young children while considering 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 by a mental health professional that is not addressed in other classification systems and pointing the way to effective intervention approaches.