Developmental screenings assist parents and district staff in identifying children who should receive referrals and/or resources for more extensive assessment or diagnosis for possible developmental delays. The parent-administered developmental screening surveys utilized by the School Readiness program include the Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) and Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ SE and ASQ-3). Identification of developmental delays at an earlier age has the potential for improving a child’s future health and well-being.
Early childhood development refers to the skills and milestones that children are expected to reach by the age of five. As a child develops they become increasingly more able to perform additional complex skills. Developing milestones of the young child are age-specific tasks that focus on five particular areas.
Communication: Use of language skills such as, use of simple sentences and understanding what is said.
Gross Motor: Movement of large muscle groups and skills that include running, throwing, and balance to name a few.
Fine Motor: Control of smaller movements of hands and fingers. Examples of fine motor skills include the use of a pencil, tracing, and managing buttons.
Problem Solving: Looks at thinking and reasoning skills. How a child plays with toys and solves problems.
Social: Interactions with others including family and friends, cooperation, and responses to feelings.
The School Readiness Program offers free developmental screenings for any family within our district boundaries that can assist parents and caregivers in determining the needs of children.