Arizona Literacy & Learning Center

Improving Literacy in Arizona Since 1987

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Developmental Screening

Developmental Screening

Arizona Literacy & Learning Center is dedicated to identifying early developmental delays and providing appropriate referrals to professionals when necessary. Our dedicated team of professionals and volunteers receive extensive training in order to provide complete and accurate information about how your child is performing when measured against their peers.

Using the Developmental Indicators for The Assessment of Learning, 4rd Edition (DIAL-4) , Preschool Language Scale, 5th edition (PLS-5) , and Get Ready to Read Revised! ALLC provides bilingual (English/Spanish) comprehensive developmental and pre-literacy screenings for children ages 3-5. Children are screened in the areas of:

  • Fine & Gross Motor: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, and writing, and a finger-touching task.
  • Speech and Language: Looks at the child’s emerging interactions, comprehension, and expressive language skills of infants and toddlers. Screening helps to identify young children at risk for a language disorder. Six speech and language areas are include:
    • Language – What words mean, how to make new words, and how to put words together.
    • Articulation – how speech sounds are made.
    • Connected Speech – is a continuous sequence of sounds forming conversations in language
    • Social/Interpersonal Communication Skills – skills a person uses to communicate and interact with others
    • Stuttering – a problem with the timing of speech. Difficulty moving from one sounds to the next in a word, or have difficulty getting sounds started after it has stopped.
    • Voice –  How a child use their vocal folds and breathing to produce sounds
  • Self-Help Development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.
  • Concepts : Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, placing a block in named positions relative to a little house, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes and naming colors
  • Social Development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.
  • Hearing: Screening consists of Pure tone and Tympanometry. The screening assesses the child’s hearing function to determine if there is a hearing problem or a possible middle ear dysfunction in the right or left ear.
  • Vision area assesses the child’s vision. This vision screening does not replace the need for your child’s regular eye exam by a specialist; ALLC vision screening includes Distance Acuity and Stereopsis.
  • Pre-Literacy Screening: The Get Ready to Read screening helps determine a child’s reading and writing readiness. The Screening incorporates visual and auditory items that allow children to demonstrate their skills in: Print knowledge, Book knowledge, Phonological awareness, and Phonics.

There is no cost for a developmental screening. Check our calendar for upcoming screening dates.

This is a screening and not an actual diagnosis. Children receive one of three “scores” from the screening.

  • Pass: Your child performed at a level consistent with their same-aged peers.
  • Monitor: Some areas of concern were noted, but issues are not severe enough to warrant a referral to a service provider. We will make some recommendations about some things you can do to work with your child. You may want to bring your child back in 6 months for a follow-up screening.
  • Refer: Delays in one or more areas are significant enough we think your child would benefit from a referral to a service provider. We will provide you with a referral list. We recommend your child return in 6 months for a follow-up screening.

We will follow up with you to be sure you were able to access services for your child. Re-screening of any area is available at ALLC at no charge. Please call 602.212.1089 to schedule a re-screening.