Published on November 26, 2014
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2015 Larry Schafer President Attorney with Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek Jane Bartelme Vice-President Educational Consultant Becky McLaughlin Treasurer PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Robert Rimer Secretary Retired School Administrator Drake Duane, M.D. Member Institute for Behavioral Developmental Neurology Adam Harding Member Alpha Fiduciary John C. King Member Attorney and Former State Legislator Suzanne Brimley Executive Director Screening for a better future According to the Ofce of Administration for Children and Families, as many as 1 in 4 children through the age of ve are at risk for a developmental delay or disability. Early identication and intervention for children at risk is critical to a child’s well-being. Developmental screenings in early childhood provide parents and educators with a child’s strengths and weakness in areas of growth and health such as; motor concepts, language, pre-literacy, hearing, vision, social/emotional, and self-help skills. It also indicates where a child is in their development compared to their peers. Parents are informed in what their child’s developmental milestones are, making it easier to celebrate growth, development, and implement early intervention strategies. Each screening means Arizona Literacy & Learning Center is able to help families connect to the resources their children need to move forward. For example, after a developmental screening, one child was diagnosed with ADHD at AZ Children’s Association. Thanks to ALLC’s direction, she is now receiving treatment with a behavioral therapist and is attending a Kindergarten readiness summer program. When a vision screening also revealed her need for glasses, we were able to advise her parents on how to receive a pair at no cost. Developmental screenings have the ability to change a child’s future. Thank you for the support that makes screenings like this possible for the children who need them the most! Developmental screenings in early childhood provide parents and educators with a child’s strengths and weakness in areas of growth and health.