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Our meetings help families develop lasting friendships and form new support networks. Parents have an opportunity to share their common experiences and concerns and discover they are not the only ones facing challenges in their parenting role. Parent meetings are an essential component of every Parents as Teachers program. They are designed to offer supplemental information and compliment the topics discussed during private visits with a parent educator.
Parents enrolled in the PAT program will receive informaion on the up-coming group meetings. A variety of topics are offered, from guest speakers, parent/child concerts and activity times, to informal discussions on topics of interest like toilet learning and language development. While reservations are not required to attend, they are certainly appreciated. as space may be limited. Please register on-line or call the office Monday through Friday at 314-936-6440 to let us know you are coming. You are welcome to attend meetings as frequently as you wish. Please be sure to sign in when you arrive.
Please note that the location of each meeting varies based on the type of activities offered. Check the PAT- Dates to Remember, Group Meeting Schedule or call the office for details.
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Screening is a way to collect periodic information about your child providing you with an increasingly clear picture of your child's relative strengths and weaknesses. The developmental and health screening is an essential component of Parents as Teachers programs. The screening involves fun "games", observations, and question-answer items. These standardized instruments measure developmental progress and can expose potential problem areas, which may inhibit learning. Parents are encouraged to be with their child during a screening.
The screening process consists of motor, language and social skills, vision, hearing and a health questionnaire. Screening is NOT an IQ test but a way for parents to observe what their child knows. If the screening results indicate that further evaluation is recommended, the parent educator or screener may suggest several other specialists or agencies that could take a closer look at your child. Of course, your pediatrician is always the best place to begin if you have any questions or concerns about your child's health or development.
The screening will be done at home with your parent educator for children under the age of 3. The screening visit takes about 45 minutes.
The screening for children ages 3 to kindergarten entry takes about an hour and will be done at the Early Years Family Center or at your child's preschool (if the school participates in our on-site screening program). Please call the office at 314-963-6440 to schedule an appointment. View the schedule for the dates for DIAL Screenings.
Screening and Assessment Instruments:
Webster Groves School District's PAT program uses three different screening and assessment tools, they are:
Denver II for the 12 to 36 month-old child.
Dial-3 for three-years to kindergarten entry age children
ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaire) for 12 months to kindergarten entry age children
With the permission of parents, referrals are made to First Steps or Special School District for children needing additional diagnostic assessments. For further information regarding referrals, contact your parent educator or the Director of Early Years, Marty Baker, at 314-963-6440.
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Another component of Parents as Teachers programs involves community linkages and collaboration. Parents as Teachers is not intended to be the only service a family will ever need. PAT is part of the community's network of human service programs.
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