Child Health and Screening

The Collaboration works to ensure that all children birth to five receive periodic developmental screenings and that all children who need assessment and services access them.

To achieve this, the Collaboration partners with, and trains, staff members at thirty early childhood, pediatric, and community sites. They learn to administer developmental screenings, facilitate meaningful discussions with parents and families about screening results, and support families to follow up on meeting children’s needs arising from those screenings.

Our Hearing and Vision Screening Technician administers screenings twice a year across centers in Oak Park and River Forest. In addition to screenings at preschools, we hold a community vision and hearing screening event so that all children not enrolled in center-based childhood programming are able to access these screening services.

More about the Developmental Screenings

A “developmental screening” is a brief check that provides a snapshot of a child’s communication, motor, cognitive, self-help and social-emotional skills. A developmental screening can be completed by a doctor, a child care provider or other trained professional. A screening can determine whether a child’s development is appropriate for his or her age, and if a child’s development is on track, a developmental screening can help identify a child’s areas of strength. The child’s doctor or child care provider can help find ways to continue to support the child’s development.

The Collaboration provides support to pediatric and family practice physicians and early childhood education and child care professionals to conduct developmental screenings of all children in their care. The Collaboration provides training and technical assistance to conduct two screenings twice per year:

Why Regular Hearing and Vision Screenings Matter

 

Hearing and Vision Screening is a critical step in supporting children’s development. It is estimated that 10-15% of all preschoolers may have some form of vision impairment. While some pediatricians perform vision screenings as part of the well-child visit, others do not. Early identification of hearing loss may be of greater significance. At any given time, 15% of preschool-age children are believed to suffer from short-term hearing impairment, often due to chronic ear infections. Approximately 3% suffer from hearing loss.

If you are a doctor or child care professional who would like to learn more about participating in the Collaboration’s developmental screening project, please contact us.

Parents can find additional information about developmental screenings by visiting the Supporting My Child’s Development page.

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