Is your preschooler struggling to learn?
Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will reach several milestones between the ages of 3 and 5. Developmental milestones can help identify when a child is struggling and to provide direction to find out why. A child who is not meeting milestones and/or struggling to learn, may need additional supports to help them prepare for kindergarten.
There are a range of concerns that could potentially impact a child's learning ability, including difficulties with speech and/or language, cognitive impairment, autism spectrum disorder, emotional concerns, traumatic brain injury, hearing or visual difficulties, early childhood developmental delay or a specific learning disability. Special education programs and/or supports are available to children ages 3, 4, and 5 through the local school district. Intervening as early as possible can in many cases resolve, or at least limit, a child's roadblock to learning.
Between the ages 3 and 4
- Able to recognize at least 3 colors or shapes
- Interested in pretend play
- Can focus on an activity for brief periods
- Interested in playing with other children
- Makes eye contact
Between the ages 4 and 5
- Able to name basic colors and shapes
- Understands the concept of time
- Understands the rules of basic preschool games
- Able to discuss basic facts about themselves
- Able to count or point out 5 objects
- Able to recognize his or her name in print
- Able to recognize their name in print
Need more information? Learn more about our services, or call the Michigan Special Education Information Line at 1-888-320-8384.