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Developmental Screening

Fair Start Developmental Screening

What does it do?

  • FAIR START promotes healthy child development
  • FAIR START screens speech and language, large and small motor skills, social development

Why have your child screened?

  • More than 75% of the brain develops after birth (most of it before the age of five)
  • The earlier a problem can be identified, the better the chances for a successful outcome
  • Screening provides an opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have
  • Links parents and caregivers with the many children's services that are available free in our communities

"Fair Start" screening is an early intervention and detection program for children aged 18 months to 6 years, in the areas of speech and language and general development. It gives parents the opportunity to ask questions about their child/children's development and get information on parenting issues and concerns. If screeners or parents are concerned about a child's development in any area, the child may be referred to the appropriate agency for further screening and intervention.

Early Fair Start Screening takes place every six months, for children 18 months to 3 years. Children are screened for speech and language and general development. The screens are administered by a professional trained in the use of an early childhood developmental tool in relation to areas of fine & gross motor, receptive & expressive language, attention & memory, and visual auditory skills.

JK Fair Start Screening is offered through local schools in conjunction with kindergarten registration.


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