What is a Preschool Screening?

As a means of identifying preschool children who may qualify for special education services, Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A screens children in the areas of pre-academic learning concepts, motor skills, and communication. In addition to vision and hearing screenings, the screening team uses the Development Indicators for the Assessment of Learning- Fourth Edition (DIAL-4) to briefly assess children's developmental skills.  If you suspect that your child is experiencing one or more delays in her or his development, please contact us to discuss this further. 

Screening Dates for the '19-'20 School Year

Please contact Sue Buhle at 630-257-2286 ext. 4615 to schedule an appointment or ask questions related to screening. All screenings take place at Oakwood School. Our screening dates this year follow:

  • August 27, 2019
  • October 1, 2019
  • November 19, 2019
  • January 28, 2020
  • March 10, 2020

DIAL-4 Screening Tool

The Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning- Fourth Edition (DIAL-4) provides a positive, non-threatening environment in which children complete fun, age appropriate tasks using appealing, child-friendly materials. Concepts are presented in a station format one at a time using a dial, manipulative or other materials. All five early childhood areas are screened during this approximately 50-minute time frame.

The early childhood areas screened by the DIAL-4 include:

  • Motor
  • Language
  • Concepts
  • Self-help Development
  • Social Development


Gross Motor items screened include catching, jumping, hopping and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting copying shapes and letters and name writing.


Your child will be asked simple personal questions (name, age, gender), articulation, naming or identifying objects and actions, and rhyming.


Children will be asked to point to named body parts, name and identify colors, count blocks, place a block in named positions relative to a model house, and sorting shapes.

Self-Help Development

Screens the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating and grooming.

Social Development

Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.

What Happens After the Screening?

A screening team member will meet with you individually to review your child’s screening results. This includes whether a full evaluation is required, or if your child demonstrated developmentally appropriate skills during the screening.  Eligibility for any of the District's Early Childhood education programs is determined by a team, including the parent, after a full evaluation takes place.  Services are provided at no cost to parents.