New Mexico State University will offer free developmental screening for children ages 0-5 years from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 16. The screening will be held at the NMSU School for Young Children.
"We want to provide a community-based developmental screening for young children from birth to five years old to see if there are any problems in their development," said Zhen Chai, assistant professor in the College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders.
The screening will help identify any potential delays in these five developmental areas: cognitive, motor, language/communication, social/emotional and adaptive behaviors. If developmental delays are discovered, screeners will provide parents information about where they may take their child for further evaluation. The NMSU team also will provide suggestions on how parents can interact with the child at home to address the area of concern.
Chai said that early screening will identify those children who may have developmental delays, or those who may be at risk for developmental delays, so the children will receive service as early as possible. Early intervention services can improve children's development dramatically to help them learn important skills and prevent failure in schools.
The screening will be conducted by undergraduate students in Chai's Assessment of Young Children Birth-8 class and is a collaborative effort between the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and the NMSU School for Young Children.
"This is a great opportunity for the students to practice what they have been trained, and a great opportunity for them to do something for their community," Chai said.
The NMSU School for Young Children is located in buildings 600 and 700 of Myrna's Children's Village at the corner of Williams Street and Sam Steel Way. For more information contact Chai at 575-646-5971.