The early childhood years from birth to the
start of kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.
Screening is a brief, simple testing used to
identify potential health or developmental problems in infants and young
children who may need a health assessment, diagnostic assessment or educational
evaluation. Screening in early childhood supports children's readiness for
kindergarten and promotes health and development. Screening includes vision,
hearing, dental as well as language and communication development.
But, the screening is just that—a screening, not a diagnosis. If
potential problems are detected in any of the screened-for areas, the child
then has the opportunity to receive specialized help before entering
Below are several frequently asked questions from parents regarding screenings.
Why is screening important in early years?
Screening can help to track a child's
development and uncover potential delays. Screening practices do
not provide a diagnosis, but can indicate if a more in-depth look at a child's
development is needed. Screening can lead to early and effective
use of supports and interventions.
Why is developmental screening important to do in a child care setting?
Because child care providers are well-positioned to watch
and support children as they develop, they play a key role in
administering developmental and behavioral screenings and supporting
families as they celebrate developmental milestones, identify potential delays and
challenges, and seek additional support.
What is developmental screening and why is it important?
Developmental screening is designed to identify problems or
delays during normal childhood development. When properly applied, screening tests
for developmental or behavioral problems in preschool children
allow improved outcomes due to early implementation of treatment.
What is the difference between a screening and an assessment?
The purpose of screening is to
determine whether a woman needs assessment. The purpose of assessment is to gather
the detailed information needed for a treatment plan that meets the individual
needs of the woman. Screening is a process for evaluating the possible
presence of a particular problem.
If you have additional questions, please contact our Administrative Office. Welcome to the Grace Academy CDC family!