What is developmental screening?
Screening is the process of measuring a child's development in the areas of:
- Speech and language skills
- Motor skills
- General knowledge
Screening is administered in a fun, interactive way using The DIAL-3 Screening Instrument.
Why should I have my child screened?
Children rapidly grow and change through the early years, so screening every year until kindergarten entry helps parents know if their child is developing within the normal range for his or her age. Screening also provides parents with information on the individual growth of their child and the early detection of potential delays that may affect later learning. If the screening indicates an area of concern, further evaluation for a child will be recommended.
How long does the screening take?
The entire screening process takes approximately 75 minutes.
Who will screen my child?
Lindbergh Early Childhood Education has partnered with Parents as Teachers to provide trained screening by professionals who have experience working with preschool-age children. We strive to make each child feel comfortable. The screening program is designed to be a positive learning experience for you and your child.
Who is eligible?
Any child, age 3 until kindergarten entry, who resides in Lindbergh Schools. We will also screen children who reside in other school districts if:
- They attend preschool within Lindbergh Schools.
- They have not already been screened by their local district.
- Their parents express a desire for ECE to complete the screening.
Will I be present?
Typically, we ask that you wait in our gathering area until the screening is complete. However, each child's individual needs are always considered throughout the process.
What happens after screening?
A staff member will share with you the results of your child's screening. You will have the opportunity to ask questions, share information and express any concerns you may have about your child's development. In addition, several different fun follow-up activities will be provided for you to do with your child.
What if my child needs further testing?
If the screening indicates an area of concern, referral for further testing may be recommended. If it is determined that your child might be eligible for early intervention services, then we provide guidance through the process to determine a program to help your child learn and succeed.
How much will it cost?
Screening is a component of the Parents as Teachers program and is funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. There is no cost to you.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment, please call 314-729-2400, ext. 8328 or 314-729-2434.