School Districts Offer Free Preschool Screenings

| March 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

By Cathy McNulty

If you have a child between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5 years of age I highly recommend contacting your local school district to learn when their next screenings are offered.  If you learn that your local school district just recently had their screening you can ask for other screening dates in the county you live in.

Schools screen children in the areas of vision, hearing, motor development, concepts, and language skills.  Even if you have no concerns, sometimes a preschool screening may find something that you haven’t noticed.  This is usually the case with vision and/or hearing.  Young children do not know how they are suppose to see or hear – so if their hearing or sight is poor they are not likely to complain.  Preschool screenings provide an opportunity for you to learn more about your child.

The screening process usually takes less than an hour and involves the child playing different activities with various early childhood educators and therapists.  The process also involves a parent interview section where you will be asked questions regarding the types of skills you see in the home (feeding, dressing, behavior, etc).  The results will tell you how your child is developing.  You may be given some suggestions for working with your child at home.  These activities will help prepare your child for school.

Screening results that suggest “no problems” are filed for the future.  Children who score significantly below age level will be referred for more in-depth testing.  This testing will reveal more information about your child’s needs.  All testing is provided free of charge with the parents’ permission and participation.

Early education services are available to those students needing extra support in various areas of their development.  A preschool screening will help you identify any needs, if any, that your child has.

This is an original Chicagonista article.

Cathy McNulty is a part-time teacher and a full-time mom. You can find out more about Cathy at McCathy’s Tub.

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