Child Outreach offers free screening for preschoolers between 3-5 years of age.
WHAT DOES THE SCREENING INVOLVE?
First, your child will participate in a brief screening program conducted by trained staff. For most children, screening takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is a series of game-like activities that check development in the following four areas:
Developmental--This part of the screening shows your child’s learning skills in a variety of areas: movement, language, thinking, socialization and behavior. Your child will be doing activities such as counting, drawing, following directions, identifying pictures, copying shapes, etc.
Speech--These activities show your child expresses himself/herself. After warming up through conversation, your child will be asked to say several words. This helps to check their ability to say certain sounds that are appropriate for their age.
Vision--Vision is now screened using an eye chart like the one you may have seen in your own doctor’s office.
Hearing--For this part, your child learns to play a game. Wearing earphone that are attached to an audiometer (a machine which measures hearing), your child learns to signal when he or she hears a tone.
Screening results are reviewed by professionals and the results of the screening are sent to families in the mail.
Families have many questions about their child’s growth and development. The Child Outreach Program can help you to understand how your child is doing in several areas (vision, hearing, speech/language, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills, etc.) and can help you learn about ways you can continue to help your child grow and develop.
For more information please call (401) 727-6181.