The question of a child’s readiness for school 7., All- brought to the physician by the parents, Especially since the passage Law this has become a very timely issue. Under the terms of this federal mandate, all public school systems are required to operate a “child find” program wherein there is active effort made to identify all children, school age and preschool age, who require special educational attention.
A child’s state of readiness for school may be complicated by maturational delay, including some degree of intellectual subnormatity. social or emotional im
t maturity, speech or language delay, and other considerations.
-A good child advocate will alert the school system to children with potential problems. Adequate evaluation of such children should be accomplished before placement is implemented.
Another common question relating to the start of school involves, the child with a “late” birth date. Schools usually have a cutoff date for entry into the first grade, for example, being 6 years old before January of that school year. This rule can cause concern to the parents of children born in October, November, or December because their child will be younger than his or her classmates. Some schools and parents have a blanket response to this question: hold the child out another year. Before offering this recommendation, the child advocate should see this question from the point of view of the child and try to evaluate the factors involved in his readiness. These factors include the child’s physical and social development, his response to preschool programs such as kindergarten, the child’s position in the family,
Whether he is a first, middle, or youngest child and the effect a delay would have on the child’s relations with his siblings. it is important to consider what effects another year at home might have on the child. In some cases, a child might benefit from the individual stimulation possible in the home, while another child might be in need of a group exposure and the socializing experience offered by contact with his peers. Young males are at higher risk for school failure and all developmental and learning problems than are females of comparable age.
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