Childhood Signals for Early Intervention
Stacey Silverstein, Owner and teacher at Kinder Connection, discusses physical and cognitive signals that teachers are trained to look for in the classroom which might signal that a child requires extra assistance or intervention
Vision Issues – Does the child frequently squint at the front board? Constant blinking and rubbing of eyes.
Hearing Issues – Does the child have difficulties hearing or listening in the classroom, to the teachers instruction or during play with friends.
Fine and Gross motor skills difficulty– Can the children hold a pencil in their hand and pick up small items? Can they bounce a ball, run and skip?
Behaviour – Can they focus and concentrate? Are they able to work well with others in the classroom?
Expressive and Receptive Vocabulary – Are they able to express their emotions to others and also understand what is being said to them?
It is important to know that your child’s educator is there to advocate for your child and wants to work with you to make sure that your child gets the necessary care or proper intervention at the earliest age.
About Kinder Connection:
The Kinder Connection is a group of Ontario Certified Teachers, Early Childhood Educators and Experienced Teaching Personnel that proudly teach at Ministry Licensed Day Nurseries in the Greater Toronto Area.
The Kinder Connection is owned and operated by three B. Ed. Teachers with years of expertise in the Primary Panel with a variety of specialized qualifications and training. They began The Kinder Connection over ten years ago, and they continue to enroll over 500 students per year in their Nursery, Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Summer Camps, Specialized Reading Programs and Private Tutoring Sessions.
Realizing the potential of young learners, Kinder Connection has developed an enriching, creative program specializing in a variety of curriculum areas focusing on the importance of The Early Years Developmental Guidelines. This includes nurturing the “whole child” and providing activities that will engage and build upon each child‘s natural ability to learn and discover. Their program extends beyond the Ministry Curriculum, and provides learning opportunities that are exciting, fun and unique. Children learn a wide variety of skills and concepts that will help them to become life-long learners. Students are encouraged to be self-motivated risk-takers who welcome knowledge and learn a variety of essential concepts to prepare them for success in school. The Kinder Connection philosophy is that all children have a natural curiosity to “think outside of the box”, and are eager to attain the skills they need to be confident, well-rounded students.