May 9, 2022

What is a Child Find Screening?

Screening is a free check of your child's development including:

Large muscle development

Eye-hand coordination (fine motor skills)

Communication

Concepts

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 strengths and weaknesses and provide home suggestions.

What happens during a Child Find Screening?

Your child may stack small blocks, cut with a scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump, and have fun! Following the screening, you will receive written follow up with your child’s results. You will have the opportunity to ask any 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 60 minutes.

Who is eligible to be screened?

Any child, birth to age five, in the Sprague or Lamont School Districts whose family or care givers would like more information about their child’s development. If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening.


PLEASE CALL SPRAGUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (257-2591) TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.

CHILD FIND SERVICES AVAILABLE May 9, 2022


Child Find is a program for our school that is funded by Title 1. Its main goal is to help families determine if their children are ready for preschool or kindergarten.

Who comes to Child Find?

  • A parent or guardian and their child ages 3-5. Everyone who lives in Sprague or Lamont School Districts is welcome to come, whether or not your child will attend school here.

  • A parent with a child birth to 3 who has concerns about their child’s development.

  • If your family is living in a temporary situation, you may contact the district where you are currently staying for a screening.


When is Child Find?

  • May 9, 2022. Appointments will be available in the morning. Please call the school to make an appointment at 257-2591.


Who will evaluate/screen my 3-5 year old?

  • A speech therapist will screen for language development.

  • An occupational therapist will evaluate your child’s coordination and motor development.

  • A school psychologist will screen for school readiness.

  • A school nurse will conduct vision and hearing checks.


How will I know how my child did during the screening?

  • We will send a follow up letter letting you know where your child shows strength and any skills they should work on before coming to school.

  • If there are major concerns we will contact you for further testing and your child may qualify for services such as Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Special Education.


What if I have an infant (birth to 36 months)?

  • If you have concerns about your child’s development and they are younger than 3 we encourage you to make an appointment and come and visit with the Lincoln County Family Resource Coordinator. She will go through an AGES and STAGES evaluation for your child’s development.


What if I have questions about Child Find?

  • Call Pam Schermerhorn, Sprague School District. The number is 257-2591.