Ann Arbor Public Schools W. Scott Westerman Preschool and Family Center Assessment Team
The Evaluation Process
If your child is under the age of 3 and you have concerns or questions about their development, please contact Ann Arbor Preschool's Early On Services at: 734-997-1245 ext. 56501. If you would like to request formal testing for your child (age 0-3), you can contact the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Child Find office to make an Early On referral either by completing an online form at www.1800EarlyOn.org or by calling 1-800-Early-On (1-800-327-5966).
If your child is 3-5 years of age and you have concerns about their development, contact Ann Arbor Public Schools Preschool & Family Center's Intake Coordinator, Leigh Miller, by clicking on the contact tab at the top of this page and filing out your contact information. Ms. Miller will contact you to gather more information and to set up an appointment. If you have related medical information or previous evaluations that have been completed on your child, please bring them with you to the scheduled appointment with the coordinator if the evaluation is happening in-person. If your evaluation is occurring via a virtual platform, please email copies of related medical information or previous evaluations to Ms. Miller for use throughout the evaluation process.
On your appointment date, your child will meet with a specialist(s) while you review your concerns. A date will be set at this initial meeting to review the results of the completed evaluations, 30 school days after permission to evaluate has been given. The specialists who may spend time with your family over the next 30 school days can include an early childhood special education teacher, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, physical therapist, school psychologist, and/or school social worker. Assessments may occur at Ann Arbor Preschool & Family Center, at your child's daycare, at your child's preschool, video conferencing, and even over the phone. The location of your assessment is based on Covid-19 health restrictions and related school district policy. You may be asked to complete various rating scales and/or to supply short videos of your child demonstrating specific skills. During the evaluation process, the specialists will get an overview of your child’s skills in one or more of the following areas:
Language Articulation Sensory Cognitive Functioning Pre-academics Play & Social Gross & Fine Motor
After the assessments have been completed, we will sit down with you and discuss your child’s performance. The evaluation results will determine eligibility for special education services. If your child is found eligible for services, we will develop an individualized education plan (IEP). The IEP will outline your child’s needs and the service(s) required for your child to make progress.