Did you know that the highest rate of brain development occurs during the first five years of a child’s life?
Research demonstrates that the “wait and see” response to concerns about development is NOT the way to go. Early intervention is the key to long term success. But how do we know if our children are meeting the developmental milestones identified as appropriate to their age level? By answering age-specific questions via the Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) —a free screening tool available through Wheaton-Warrenville Community Unit School District -- you can see if your child’s developmental progress is on schedule.
District 200 also offers a developmental screening for Birth-to-5-year old children at Jefferson Early Childhood Center.
Here are your first steps. It takes less than 30 minutes to make sure your child is reaching his or her developmental milestones.
Here’s what to do:
If your child is between the ages of Birth - 5 and you live in Wheaton/Warrenville Illinois School District #200, please use these free online screening tools or call us at 630 682 2109.
For Children below Kindergarten Age:
Please complete both screenings linked below:
The Jefferson Diagnostic Team will review the results of the two screening tools. A member of the Jefferson Team will contact you to discuss the results of the ASQ and ASQ-SE and will discuss possible next-steps in the screening process for your child, taking into consideration current health guidance. We will review the ASQ and ASQ-SE on children under 3 years of age and refer to Child and Family Connections if indicated.
Kindergarten- Aged Children (Children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020):
At this time, children who will be of kindergarten age this upcoming Fall, please contact your elementary school. Your elementary school will be able to help you with any questions you may have. We will be happy to share your child’s ASQ and ASQ-SE results with your school if you still wish to complete it. Utilizing this process does not obligate you to follow-through with any of the options suggested.
We know what’s possible when kids get the support they need. We can give every child an equal opportunity to learn and grow— but it’s important for children to get the help they need in the critical years before they turn five.