Early screening and intervention can play a vital role in the development of a child.
The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) helps connect families to screening services. These services can help identify a potential developmental concern before children enter kindergarten. If you have a concern about your child’s development, please fill out the form below.
Why does early screening matter?
The sooner a social-emotional or developmental concern is identified and evaluated, the better! Every School Readiness child aged birth through kindergarten entry receives a screening each year. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire looks at key developmental areas like speech and language, cognition, motor skills and social-emotional. The ELCHC’s Screening and Assessment Specialists work with families and child care providers to determine the best supports for a child based on the results of the ASQ screening.
What happens after an ASQ screening?
If there are signs that a child may be struggling or behind the typical milestones for their age group, there are a series of steps taken for further evaluation. Sometimes, it may be as simple as additional monitoring in those areas to see if the child makes improvement on their own. In some cases, specialists may suggest intervention activities for children that support their developmental growth.
Depending on the child’s developmental needs, specialist may provide families with referrals to other services in the community. Referrals to other services include Early Steps, Child Find/FDLRS (SR team), social & emotional services, other therapeutic services, vision & hearing screenings, etc.
Inclusion Warm Line
The Inclusion Warm Line, is a free resource, as well as an information and referral service, centered on the inclusion of children with special needs and disabilities in Hillsborough County. The Warm Line is available to child care centers and family child care homes requesting information relating to the disability and special health care needs of the children they serve.
Screening & Assessment Family Request
If you currently receive services from ELCHC and have concerns about your child’s development and would like to have someone from Screening and Assessment contact you, please complete the form below:
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