Developmental Screenings

The first five years of life are very important to your child because this time sets the stage for success in school and later life. During infancy and early childhood, many experiences should be gained and many skills learned. It is important to ensure that each child’s development is proceeding without problems: therefore, we are interested in helping you follow your child’s growth and development. You can help by completing a questionnaire (Ages and Stages) that will be handed out to you at the beginning of the Spring and Fall semesters, please return it to your child’s teacher within two days of receiving it. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. There are some things your child won’t be doing yet, but watching for those next milestones will help us, as a team, get your child ready for the next stage.

If the Ages and Stages Questionnaire indicates that your child is developing without problems, we will inform you of this at our scheduled parent/teacher conference held after the classroom evaluations are completed. These conferences are held at a time convenient to working parents.

If the Ages and Stages Questionnaire indicates a concern about your child’s development, we will contact you directly to set up a parent/teacher conference at a convenient time. Possible suggestions may be: redoing a new questionnaire in two months, consulting your child’s doctor or referral to another agency to conduct a further examination. PUKA’s collaboration with specialists to develop and implement an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is primary to enable a child receive needed services.

In conjunction with Ages and Stages Questionnaires, your child will also be evaluated annually by Jackson County Hearing and Vision (for children over three years of age) and Archway will administer the Denver II Development Assessment for children of all ages. Each agency will directly contact you with the information about the result of their screening.

You must sign a consent form before any of these development assessment tools can be used. You will receive a consent form prior to each evaluation. All information about your child and your family will be kept confidential. Thank you for helping us do the best job possible in working with your child.