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School system provides free developmental screening
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There will be a free developmental screening for children birth to age 4 at Warren County High School this Friday, Aug. 26, for parents who have concerns about their child’s development.
The screening is being provided by Warren County Schools and will be held in the developmental lab in the child care wing of the school. Those interested in attending should make an appointment by calling 668-1728.
According to special education consultant Dana Simpson, the screening is designed to provide important early intervention for children who may have developmental delays.
“The purpose of this is to help parents who have concerns about their children’s development,” Simpson said. “Walking, talking, learning, any child a parent feels is slow in achieving these developmental milestones. That’s what this is for.”
Simpson says the school system can provide resources for parents and children once a determination is made.
“If developmental milestones are identified as not being met, then we will channel people in the right direction to get help, or we will serve them ourselves,” Simpson said. “There are several different avenues we can help parents start looking into. In some cases we will just enroll them immediately into our pre-school programming for children who are 3 years old. When they have reached the age of 3, they are eligible for special services from the school system.
“Up until that time Tennessee Early Intervention System, which is part of the Tennessee Department of Education, partners with us to provide services for children under the age of 3,” Simpson said.
The screening is also designed to help identify children with autism spectrum disorders.
“Most of the time autism markers can show up as early as 18 months or even sooner,” Simpson said. “And certainly early intervention makes a huge difference for these children.”
In fact, the Warren County School System has established a support group for families of children with ASD. The first meeting will be held at the child care wing of the school on Monday, Aug. 29 at 4:30 p.m. Child care can be provided by request.
For more information on any of these programs contact Warren County Schools at 668-1728.