10 March 2017
As children grow and develop, there is a wide range of what is considered normal for the emergence and mastery of different skills. We can support the differences by varying teaching strategies, grouping or partnering children or modeling appropriate behaviors. On occasion, however, we have seen indications of more serious developmental delays. When we do, we inform parents of our observations and recommend a developmental screening or other assessment to determine whether additional services are necessary.
Over the years, we have had very productive relationships with developmental support services in the community. The age of the child shapes, in part, who is an appropriate referral service. For children under the age of 2 years, 9 months, Early Intervention provides Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Behavioral Therapy to children in the classroom. Early Intervention is subsidized by the federal government and is free of charge to families. We have been particularly impressed with Thom Metro Boston Early Intervention for the quality of the services enrolled children have received.
For children older than 2 years, 9 months, local services are provided to Brookline residents through the Public Schools of Brookline. The Town of Brookline conducts bi-annual developmental screenings for preschool and pre-k children in March and November. The next scheduled screening is March 14. If you are interested in participating in the screening, please contact Elizabeth Preston for an appointment at 617-713-5473. For communities outside of Brookline, please contact your local public schools administration.
For additional information and resources on developmental screenings, see www.zerotothree.org/early-development/developmental-screening-and-assessment. For developmental milestones, see www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf. If you have questions or concerns about your child and want to compare observations, please speak with your child’s teachers and director.