Early Childhood Services

Early Identification

Indications that children are struggling with learning or attention issues may be noticed by families and others during your child’s early years, when children are 3-5 years old.

Research indicates that early identification and intervention can make a big difference in learning outcomes, particularly for a child who may have more severe learning, attention, or behavior issues.

The trick is to determine if the characteristics you are observing are typical for a child at that developmental age or if they are behind their peers in certain milestones, and how severe the delay may be.

The first thing to do is to share your observations with your family doctor or paediatrician.

Screening: Check to see if your school district has a screening process in place to identify students during their kindergarten year who may be behind their age peers in developmental milestone

The Early Years Assessment – Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) – CBE Early Years Assessment Pamphlet: 
Information from this Early Years Assessment is often used to identify children who may be having difficulty and who may need further support or evaluation. It is used in the Calgary Board of Education schools to assess kindergarten students’ development in the following areas:

Awareness of Self and Environment: A Child’s understanding of the world and his or her ability to make connections with home and community experiences.

Social Skills: a child’s ability to interact positively with peers and follow classroom rules.

Approaches to Learning: a child’s attentiveness during classroom activities.

Cognitive Skills: a child’s basic math and pre-reading skills and his/her ability to solve problems.

Language & Communication: a child’s understanding of spoken language and his or her ability to express thoughts and feelings.

Physical Development:
Fine Motor Skills: a child’s ability to perform small movements that require hand-eye coordination.
Gross Motor Skills: a child’s ability to perform large movements that involve arms, legs, and body.


Intervention – Services & Support

Intervention - Services & Support

Government Support: Most provincial governments will have a policy on early childhood support and funding.

School Districts: Large school districts may offer early childhood services for young special needs children.

Community Agencies: There are community and private agencies that support children or provide early identification and intervention for young children.

Learn More - About Early Childhood

Alberta Government.  Early Childhood Services  https://www.alberta.ca/early-childhood-education.aspx#toc-2

Development of Speech and Language.By About Kids Health; Learn about the developmental milestones in speech and language for children from 0-5 years old. https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=1892&language=English

Helping Young Children with Learning Disabilities. By LD Online http://www.ldonline.org/article/5880/