Screening is the first step in the early identification of children at risk for cognitive, motor, communication, or social-emotional delays.
These delays may interfere with a child’s expected growth, learning, and development. These delays may also warrant further diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation. When screening results indicate a concern they should be followed by a thorough assessment before appropriate interventions and supports can be recommended.
Screening can take place in a variety of settings. Without effective coordination, some children are screened more than needed while other children who may need services can often slip through the cracks.
Coordinating a well Integrated, community-wide screening and early detection/child find systems help prevent this from happening.
As part of their participation in the Southern Illinois Screening Collaborative Action Team, Coalition members are working together to create such a system for our region so that all children are screened
For more information about the Collaborative or to learn more about developmental screening call 1-800-548-5563.