When parents are concerned about a child’s educational development, knowing what to do can be challenging and confusing. At this stage, screening is often the best and first course of action. The term screening indicates a broad array of tests that provide a snapshot of overall development. Screening can help determine if a child is on the right development track or if a specialist should take a closer look with a formal developmental evaluation.
Why is screening important?
Many children with developmental delays are not identified as early as possible. As a result, they wait to get the help they need to do well in educational and social settings. Early intervention is extremely important; however, intervention at any age can be helpful.
Slingerland Screening Procedures
The Slingerland® Literacy Institute trains teachers to administer and interpret screenings. Slingerland screening procedures were designed to help classroom teachers identify the learning strengths and weaknesses of students. Results are based on observations of how students process language, especially when compared to other students sharing similar learning opportunities and experiences. Special note is made of performance patterns frequently associated with language processing difficulties (potential indicators of a language-based learning difference, like dyslexia).
Slingerland screenings can be administered beginning in kindergarten and continue through high school and beyond. The screenings can be administered in full class groupings, as well as in small groups, or one-on-one. Tutors, teachers, and clinicians often use the Slingerland screenings as part of comprehensive assessments.