Children’s Learning Center offers developmental screenings to all young children of Teton and Sublette Counties from birth through five years of age at no charge to the family. These screenings are partially funded by the Wyoming Department of Health and the local school districts. All children in Teton and Sublette counties, without regard to health or financial situation, are encouraged to take advantage of these services.
Screenings are essential to identify and address developmental delays as well as hearing and vision problems as they arise. It is important to have children screened as early as possible. Child Developmental Services of Wyoming recommends that children receive at least one developmental screening before the age of two and certainly one before the age of five. No family in Teton or Sublette County should wait until a development need is evident before they know if their child is progressing at an expected pace or might need help in certain areas.
The screenings, conducted by certified therapists, special education teachers, and speech and language pathologists are available at any time by calling the Special Education department of Children’s Learning Center. The screenings can be done at the center or in the child’s natural environment and will be conducted in a child’s native language.
For most children, the screening will provide useful information for parents but they will not require any additional services. For about 10 percent, a further evaluation is deemed necessary. For children that are identified as having a special need, Children’s Learning Center then creates an age-appropriate plan that will address the individual needs of each child, at no charge to the family.
Davey Hough, the Director of the Special Education programs for Children’s Learning Center, emphasizes the impact of recognizing and dealing with a disability early in a child’s life.
“We’re usually the first agency to diagnose a child as needing special education or therapy. It’s a very stressful and tough time for families. Some parents see a long road ahead and we let them know we will be right there with them.”
For children from birth through age two, Children’s Learning Center develops an “Individual Family Service Plan” (IFSP) that coordinates resources and emphasizes the role of the entire family in the child’s progress.
For older children, Children’s Learning Center develops an “Individual Evaluation Program” (IEP) that emphasizes providing the services needed to enable the child to succeed in an educational environment.
The care and services that Children’s Learning Center’s Special Education program provides for Teton and Sublette counties achieves positive results, as many children will need no further services by the time they enter kindergarten. However, if a child continues to need services, our staff works with the families and the school districts in advance to ensure a smooth transition. In other words, the “long road” that Hough describes can sometimes be much shorter when young children get the early intervention services they deserve.
Children’s Learning Center is the state appointed organization in Sublette and Teton Counties, and the only program in the area licensed and funded by the state of Wyoming, to provide therapy services, special education resources, and coordination of care for families who have a child or children who will benefit from Special Education Services. These services are also provided at no cost to families. Additionally, Children’s Learning Center provides special education resources to the community, training for all childcare providers, speakers for community organizations and participates with other agencies to help families.
For More Information
Please contact Davey Hough, Special Education Director, at 307.733.3791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.