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The Preschool Assessment & Learning Services Center provides comprehensive developmental assessments for children aged 3 to 5. The developmental evaluation may include measures to assess the five developmental domains. They include adaptive development (self-help skills), cognitive development (intellectual abilities), communication (speech & language), physical development (fine & gross motor skills), and social / emotional development (social skills & emotional control). Referrals to the PALS Center can be made by parents, Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS), and Head Start Programs. Tailored to the specific needs of the child, each assessment is completed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals in close collaboration with the family.

The intent of the assessment process is to identify present levels of performance to facilitate consideration of whether a child meets eligibility criteria as set forth by the Tennessee Department of Education in areas such as speech impairments, language impairments, health impairments, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disabilities. If a child is found to be eligible for IDEA services as a student with a disability, the PALS Center staff in conjunction with the district's lead teacher, will facilitate an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to develop an individualized education plan. Services range from the provision of speech and language services in the child's home zoned school to comprehensive special educational services in a school-based or center-based preschool setting.

Hamilton County Department of Education

Amy Piazza Preschool Assessment Center

1161 W. 40th Street

Chattanooga, TN 37409

Phone: 423-498-7200

FAX: 423-498-6658