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.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Screening results are reviewed by professionals and the results of the screening are sent to families in the mail.
WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?
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.
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