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Do You Have A Concern About Your Child?

Do You Have A Concern About Your Child?

The ELC offers early intervention services and support to early care and education providers and the families they serve.

Hearing Screening Services

The Early Learning Coalition uses the Maico ERO-SCAN to complete hearing screenings. The hearing screen, which takes only a few minutes, works by placing a small probe into the child’s ears. The probe sends a sound into the ear, and if the ear is working properly, it produces a soft “echo.” The ear probe is able to hear this sound and displays a “pass” or “refer” result depending if the sound is heard or not. Results can be printed immediately after the screening.

If the screening produces a “refer” result, the Early Intervention Specialist will recommend a referral for more comprehensive testing. Parents are recommended to contact the child’s primary health care provider or are provided with several suggested resources available in the community.

Vision Screening Services

Vision screenings are completed using the Welch Allyn SureSight Vision Screener. The SureSight Vision Screener screens for common vision problems in children. This includes near and farsightedness, astigmatism and unequal power between the eyes.

The screening is very child friendly. The handheld device is held at the child’s eye level a little over a foot away from the child as it measures the child’s eye. Results can be printed immediately after the screening.

If the screening produces a “refer” result, the Early Intervention Specialist will recommend a referral for more comprehensive testing. Parents are recommended to contact the child’s primary health care provider or are provided with several suggested resources available in the community.

Developmental Screening

To complete developmental screenings for children ages 1 month to 66 months (5 ½ years), the Early Learning Coalition uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Third Edition (ASQ-3). This tool screens development in 5 areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social skills.

If the screening detects a possible delay, the ELC will recommend a referral for a further testing. These referrals may be to Child Find (Early Steps and FDLRS) or other community resources that can assist with the child’s development. An Early Intervention Specialist will personally discuss the referral with the guardian and assist the family with the referral process.

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is created for the child’s care provider. The ILP provides the care provider with activities to promote development in the areas where the child scored in the caution or below cutoff area.

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