Let them know that you are an Early Childhood Educator, and therefore know about the ages and stages of preschool growth and development.
Let them know that in order to determine if there is a any type of delay or disorder, that determination needs to come from a specialist.
For example, if little Joey does not sit still at group time and does not stay on task for follow directions, don't jump to the conclusion that there is a delay. Observe the child over time and then address any concerns with parents:
Talk with the parents and ask if they notice this at home. The parents may say they do notice it at home as well. They tell the teacher that at home, when he doesn't listen, he gets yelled at and then he ends up crying as though he doesn't understand what he did wrong.
You can then encourage the parent to make an appointment with the pediatrician.
You should also have written observations of what happens during group time and instruction time and give this to the parent to take to the doctor's appointment.
It is important that you are aware of what to expect from each age before determining that there is a concern to begin with.
It is important that we are addressing concerns with parents; we just need to be sure to give them clear and appropriate information.
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