Preschool Screenings

Preschool ScreeningsEarly Childhood Screening involves testing children between the ages of 3 and 5 in basic health and developmental areas including hearing, vision, coordination, speech, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. The screening's purpose is to identify health, developmental and/or other factors that may interfere with a child's learning, growth and development. Early childhood screening is an essential component of health supervision and provides a foundation for monitoring and supporting healthy physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development.

  • A screening, not a diagnosis. Screening is always the first step in the assessment process--it does not provide enough information to identify children as needing special education services.

    Screening helps identify children who may have possible health and developmental problems that may need some extra support before they start school.



A global screener for assessing motor skills, concepts, language, self-help, and social development for large groups of children.

The DIAL-4 is a standardized instrument that is used to screen large groups of children quickly and efficiently. Data from the DIAL-4 are used to describe the strengths and needs of young children in five areas of development: motor, concepts, language, self-help, and social-emotional.

Covers all five early childhood areas

An easy-to-use carrying bag includes separate zippered bags for Motor, Concepts, and Language Areas.

  • Motor Area: Gross Motor items include throwing, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and a popular finger-touching task.
  • Concepts Area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. Contains an item that assesses automatic naming of objects, a skill that is associated with potential learning disabilities.
  • Language Area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”
  • Self-Help Development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.