When Kaya started in the toddler room at Child’s Path, she was very shy and did not speak much. Unable to express herself, she had a hard time getting along with others. The scores from her first development screening were low, and we knew she needed an individualized learning plan. Screening young children is an effective way to check a child’s development and determine whether follow-up steps are needed. It’s also an essential first step toward identifying children with delays or learning disorders in the critical early years, before they start school. If addressed early, children are less likely to be placed in special education programs. Later in life, they’re also less likely to experience school failure and unemployment.
Kaya’s teachers immediately began working with her on areas she was behind in. Her teachers completed tailored activities with Kaya in communication and social developmental areas at least twice a week for eight weeks. Within ten months, Kaya had raised her scores and excelled beyond where she needs to be developmentally. Despite her progress, we are continuing her individualized learning plan because it is ongoing process for children at this age. She has made many friends. She greets us upon arrival and waves goodbye to everyone she encounters as she leaves.
Developmental delays, learning disorders, and behavioral and social-emotional problems are estimated to affect 1 in every 6 children.However, only 20% to 30% of these children are identified as needing help before school begins. Kaya is one of the lucky few that are identified as needing help early, and it has made a huge impact. We call her our ‘assistant teacher’ because she is very communicative now! She knows exactly what comes next in the classroom schedule and helps the other children. She has also made many friends. We are so glad she came to CCCR at an early age so we could give the extra help she needed and get her ready for kindergarten.