Children’s Resource Center offers free developmental screenings for children birth through age five.
A developmental screening is a quick and easy check-up to see if your child's development is on track. Children's Resource Center provides free developmental screenings to all children birth through age five living in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming. Developmental Screenings are completed by a team of professionals at a time that is convenient for parents and in a natural environment for the child ie. in your home, daycare center, CRC center, or another site of your choice . Screenings take place year-round and are a tool used to gather information on the child's functioning in the following areas: Cognitive development, Fine and Gross Motor development, Speech and Language development, Social and Emotional development, Hearing and Vision. Screening results are shared with parents.
Once a screening has been completed, if results indicate a potential delay in one or more developmental areas, Children's Resource Center will recommend that the child receive a comprehensive evaluation by CRC professionals in the specific areas of delay to determine if the child is in need of Early Intervention Services or Special Education and Related Services, depending on the age of the child. An evaluation is simply a more in depth look at where a child is developmentally. Sometimes, a child needs a little extra help to get on track, and CRC offers a variety of early intervention services that can do just that.
Developmental screenings for children ages birth through 5 include:
- Vision and hearing screenings
- Behavioral health screenings
- Gross and fine motor
- Cognitive, speech and language skills
- Social, emotional and self-help
All developmental services are FREE, regardless of income. The only thing you cannot afford to do is wait.
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Q: How can CRC help my child?
A: Ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs early in life. When a child has a need in one or more areas, Children’s Resource Center teachers and therapists work with families to develop a plan to get their child where he or she needs to be. Parents, care givers and the professionals from Children’s Resource Center will work with the child on a regular basis to help them achieve the developmental milestones and skills they need for success in school and in life. Therapy services can include a variety of games and activities that specifically target the areas where a child needs progress.
Q: What is a developmental screening?
A: A developmental screening is a tool that professionals use to measure a child’s progress and identify possible concerns in different areas of a child’s development. The areas of development that a screening looks at include speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive development, social emotional development, vision and hearing. Screenings usually take about a half an hour and can be done in your home, your child’s preschool or daycare or wherever you feel your child would be most comfortable.
Q: How much does the screening cost?
A: All of the services that Children’s Resource Center provide, from developmental screenings to therapeutic services are all FREE of charge to families.
Q: What happens if concerns come up during the developmental screening?
A: If concerns are found during the developmental screening a child’s parents will be asked if they would like to have their child evaluated by a team of professionals to see if their child qualifies to receive free services. An evaluation is simply a more in depth look at where a child is at developmentally. Sometimes a child needs a little extra help to get them on track, Children’s Resource Center offers a variety of Early Intervention Services that can do just that.
Q: When and how often does my child need a developmental screening?
A: It is recommended that your child have one developmental screening before the age of two and be screened once a year after that until they enter school.
Q: What services does Children’s Resource Center offer?
A: In addition to developmental screenings, Children’s Resource Center offers hearing and vision screenings, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, specialized instruction, social/emotional support services and family service coordination.
Q: When, where and with who are therapy services provided?
A: Therapy services are provided at the time and in the location that is best for you and your child. Many children receive services at their preschool or daycare however services can take place in your home or another location if that is your preference. Therapy services are provided by professionals in each of the areas that your child needs extra help. Children’s Resource Center’s therapists are all highly educated and licensed in their area of expertise. At times, multiple professionals may work with your child and/or your child’s care givers at once. Screening
usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes. Screenings can be done wherever your child is most comfortable: In your home, daycare center, CRC, or another site of your choice.
Q: What is my role as a parent?
A: Parental involvement is essential for children’s progress. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone and can help identify areas of need for your child as well as reasonable goals for your child to strive for. Parents are a critical team member in the process of helping children make gains in their development; everything that staff members from Children’s Resource Center work on with your child during therapy times can also be worked on with you at home during your regular daily routines. Feel free to ask questions and get suggestions from your therapy providers on how to incorporate therapy strategies into your child’s life at home!