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Developmental Screenings

Developmental Screenings

The Coalition offers families with children under five years old an age appropriate comprehensive screening. These screenings may be done in either the child care setting or at a community screening event.

Children are screened in the areas of:

1.  Communication
2.  Cognitive
3.  Social/Emotional
4.  Gross Motor
5.  Fine Motor Development

Children who are identified as needing intervention are referred for additional assessments and support.

Referral and Navigation

If it is decided that the child could benefit from further evaluation, the Quality Services staff can coordinate referrals for free evaluations and services from the federally mandated agencies that provide them in Pinellas County.

  • Early Steps: a family-centered early intervention system that serves children birth to 36 months, regardless of family’s income (727) 767-4403.
  • FDLRS/Child Find (Florida Diagnostic Learning Resources System): a part of Pinellas County schools, available at no cost providing screenings for children ages 3-5 (who are not in a K-12 program) , information regarding programs and services available for children with special needs and their families, and assistance in obtaining appropriate educational evaluations. (727) 793-2731.

The referral and accompanying paperwork can be completed by Supportive Intervention staff for the families to access services. Specialists in the department can also help families understand the nature of the developmental concern noted on their child’s ASQ, interpret ASQ screening results, refer for other services such as mental health counseling, behavioral services, etc. and explain how to navigate through the developmental services system.

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