We took our 3 yr 11 month year old daughter to early childhood screening that is offered by our state. I'm still trying to process the results. We of course think she is delightful, energetic, and friendly. Of their test, we scored way behind in her age and is referred to special education and currently not ready for kindergarten. Kindergarten would be September 2014 - so over a year away. Her challenges on the test included:
1. not hopping on one foot
2. not being able to repeat sentences when asked to
3. not understanding the concept of numbers - even though she can count to ten, when asked to pick 3 blocks, she doesn't understand that 3 means 3
4. not able to match shapes while drawing circle, square, and other shapes (she can match shapes by pointing if the match exists, but cannot draw the shape)
5. not able to have a back & forth conversation
6. not able to finish answers to questions like 'if a brother is a boy, then a sister is a _______'
7. Did not point out body parts when asked (she has known body parts since she was 2).
8. Was not able to answer questions like 'which is bigger/smaller: a house or a ball'
So part of me wonders if there is some issue with her performing for another person
Another part of me wonders if there really is some development issue where she cannot do what is asked
A third part of me wonders - do almost 4 year olds really know how to answer some of these questions? The one question that really got me was 'what are windows made of?' Do you point out building materials to your 3 year old?
We left with the instructions that since it is so late in the school year, there is nothing the school will do until September at which point the Special Education department will call and make an appointment.
Any comments or insights would be great.