Due to children who are waiting years to receive proper assessments, the Vancouver School Board report launched a pilot project this past summer with assistance with the health system to help rectify that.
The project invited parents with children about to enter kindergarten to come for testing, if schools had identified the children as showing signs of problems but with no assessment on file at a daycare or health authority.
An Inner City / CommunityLINK Revisioning final report identified a trend that more kindergarten-aged children in Vancouver than the norm were showing up with problems and no assessments. Such problems could be physical, social emotional, learning et cetera, that had not yet been identified by medical or other professionals.
Over the months of July and August 2014, full day clinics offered children and their families various medical services and an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ).
Working alongside Provincial Health Services, the school staff helped 18 out of 30 children receive assessments to see if they met the standards of normal development. T
Associate superintendent Maureen Ciarniello said, “kids sit in class and wait two to three years for assessment”.
Just wanted to say as someone with a mental disabilty who has gone through the school system, it is good that this issue is being addressed and it’s important because if these challenges are identified, the children will have a better learning experience if their needs are properly met. And they won’t have to wait years once they’re in the system.
PS: This was originally pitched in September 2014.