Developmental Screening

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Our developmental screening tests are based on your child's age. They help determine if your child's developmental, academic and learning skills are on target for his or her age, or if there is a need for further evaluation.


Bayley Scales of Infant Development


The Bayley Scales of Infant Development is a screening test that uses a variety of materials to screen the cognitive, language and motor functioning of infants and young children between the ages of 1 month and 42 months. The purpose is to quickly determine whether a child is progressing according to normal expectations and to determine if further, more comprehensive evaluation is needed.


Speed DIAL-4


The Speed DIAL-4 (The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning-4th edition) is a developmental screening test is designed to identify young children aged 2y6m (2.5 years) to under 6 years in need of interventions or further evaluation. The Speed DIAL-4 provides information about a child’s developmental skills such as how the child uses his/her body (motor skills), knowledge of basic concepts like counting and colors (conceptual skills) and the child’s use of language.

Motor skills are related to cognitive development and the ability to perform a number of early-learning tasks. Concepts are the building blocks of knowledge that allow children to organize and categorize information. 1:1 correspondence, counting, classifying and measuring are the main concepts children use in everyday life. Understanding concepts is important to language and reasoning. Language is considered integral to emotional, social and cognitive development. Language is critical for learning across the curriculum.

The skills measured on the Speed DIAL-4 are proven to help predict a child’s success in the classroom. The results can help parents and teachers decide if a child’s skills are age appropriate or if further testing or interventions are needed.




The WRAT-4 (Wide Range Achievement Test) is a screening tool used to measure the basic school skills needed for learning, communication, and thinking: reading and spelling words and completing basic math problems. Results of this test help determine whether a student should be referred for comprehensive testing.
Word Reading: assessment of whether a child knows the alphabet, the sounds letters make, and how to pronounce words.
Spelling: written assessment of basic word spelling skills.  
Math computation: written or oral assessment of basic math concepts and skills.



Understanding Your Child’s Screening Report

Pass- Results of the development screening indicate that responses met screening criteria. 

Refer- Results of the developmental screening indicate that responses for one or more tests did not meet screening criteria.  Refer to Child Find 

Refer- Results of the development screening indicate that responses for one or more tests did not meet screening criteria. Refer to Marion Downs Center to discuss these results and further recommendations.

Monitor- Results of the development screening indicate that some results may have been marginal at the screening criteria. Continue to monitor development, and call your primary care provider (PCP) or the Marion Downs center to discuss an evaluation if development does not progress or if you have further concerns.

Rescreen- Results indicate that responses could not be obtained for one or more required tests to complete the development screening. Call Marion Downs Center to discuss these results.