Detecting Developmental Delays Early, Key to Success in the Classroom


POSTED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 1:03pm

Getting a child prepared for kindergarten is already a tough job for most parents, but getting a child prepared who may have additional developmental issues can be extra challenging without outside help.

Friday, BISD’s Special Services Department held their annual "Child Find” event.

Diagnosticians scored about 200, three and four year olds in gross and fine motor skills, speech, pre academic learning, and vision and hearing.

"If they start with no kind of early intervention and they start with developmental delays or delays in certain areas of or speech then that gap with their peers is going to get bigger as they go from grade level to grade level. It really helps bridge the gap and that's what the child find process is all about," said Lead Education Diagnostician for BISD, Sylvia Barguiarena.

Here in the valley, while every child's educational needs and abilities are different, there is one commonality between many of these children.

"The most common would be speech concerns, but we're seeing a lot more cases like autism or developmental delays in some of these children," said Barguiarena.

If a child is found to have some additional issues to be addressed before entering kindergarten, they'll be referred to a specialist for services or BISD Special Services will conduct a more in depth evaluation to assess and address a child's needs.

For more information on BISD’s Special Services department you can contact them at 548-8400 or visit them at 2467 E. Price Rd.

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