Screening Assessment Referral & Treatment (SART)

Screening Assessment Referral & Treatment

The SART program utilizes a team of highly qualified professionals including therapists, clinical nurses, pediatricians, a neuropsychologist, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists to screen, assess, refer, and treat your child. It is designed for children birth to six years of age who may have been prenatally exposed to drugs, alcohol, and/or violence. The SART program also addresses concerns with children experiencing behavior problems and difficulties maintaining appropriate behaviors in pre-school settings and the child's home. Medication support and management is provided upon referral from the treating therapist and the DMCC medical doctor. The SART program offers a comprehensive process to improve overall functioning of children.


The Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 and the Ages and Stages Social Emotional (ASQ 3 and the ASQ-SE) are used as an initial screening tool to evaluate the child’s current level of functioning.

The ASQ 3 screen identifies 5 domains:

  • Communication
  • Gross Motor
  • Fine Motor
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal-Social

The ASQ-SE screens:

  • Social-Emotional


Based on the results of the ASQ/ASQ-SE, a partial or full comprehensive assessment may be provided. Assessment may include:

  • Developmental assessment
  • Physical examination
  • Psycho/Social assessment
  • Occupational therapy assessment
  • Speech and language assessment


Based on the assessments, recommendations are made to the parent/guardian of the child and the appropriate referrals are made to treatment providers.


Treatment may include:

  • Individual/Family Psychological Therapy
  • Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Theraplay®
  • Play Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sensory Processing
  • Speech and Language Therapy

For more information, please contact our office at (760) 552-6700 or you may complete a online referral.