1.1.W.20 Weighting for developmental milestones (CA (child), CP (child))
For the purposes of CA (child) and CP (child), weighting for developmental milestones (1.1.D.130) refers to a process in which raw scores obtained from the DCLA professional questionnaire are adjusted to account for imbalances.
Note: Hygiene and grooming, and body movement have a weighting of 10/9. The other developmentally-linked scores have no weighting.
Explanation: Weighting for developmental milestones is applied because the functional domains are not all associated with the same number of developmental milestones. Medical experts believe that a deviation from the standard within a functional domain with only 9 developmental milestones has a greater impact than a similar deviation within a functional category that has 10.
Example: The categories of hygiene and grooming, and body movement each have 9 milestones, compared with 10 for the other domains.
Act reference: Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) Determination 2020 Schedule 1 Part 2 Professional questionnaire, Schedule 2 Part 2 Scoring for professional questionnaire
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.6.12 Disability Care Load Assessment (Child) (DCLA)