Parents of preschool-aged children often have many questions about their child's development. To help answer those questions, the Olathe Public Schools offer screenings. The areas screened include communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, personal/social, and self-help.
Throughout the school year, the Olathe district offers a screening to determine special needs of children 3 to 5 years of age. This process begins with a questionnaire, "Ages and Stages," that is age appropriate for the child, a social/emotional questionnaire and a home language questionnaire.
After requesting an age-appropriate questionnaire, parents then complete the information and return it to the Harmony or Heartland early childhood centers for scoring. Parents will be notified if there are no concerns about their child's development. They will also be contacted if there is a reason for a more in-depth screening at Harmony or Heartland. Parents interested in applying for their child to be a peer in the Early Childhood Disability preschool may request an application if their questionnaires do not indicate any concerns.
Peer paperwork is available starting in January for the following school year. If no concerns are identified, the peer application will be submitted. Peer openings will be filled as the applications arrive.
Parents may request an "Ages and Stages" questionnaire by calling Harmony Early Childhood Center at (913) 780-7015 or Heartland Early Childhood Center at (913) 780-7410. (Visit the Heartland Early Childhood Center website at http://schools.olatheschools.com/heartland)