Early Childhood Screening
What is a Child Find Screening?
Screening is a free check of your child’s development – including:
- Large muscle development (walking, running, jumping, balancing)
- Eye-hand coordination and fine muscle development (grasping, drawing, cutting)
- Communication (speech and language development)
- Personal-social skills
- Self-help skills
What is the purpose of a Child Find Screening?
The purpose of the screen is to identify any factors that may interfere with your child’s learning, growth, and development. The screening is also provided to help parents identify their child’s strength’s and weaknesses and provide home suggestions.
What happens during a Child Find Screening?
During the screening, your child may stack small blocks, cut with scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump and have fun! Following the screening, trained professionals will talk with you about the results of the screening. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about your child’s development. You may be given home suggestions, referred on for further testing, or be scheduled to have skills rechecked at a later date. The screening process usually takes about an hour.
Who is eligible to be screened?
Any child, birth to age five, whose family or caregivers would like more information about the child’s development. All school districts within Washington State have Child Find screenings available. If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.