Screener Spotlight: Your Quick Guide to the Well Screening

This is the best kindergarten screener available...great for detecting kiddos with reading difficulty and speech and language needs.

—Lisa Sandoval, M.A., CCC-SLP,
Executive Director of Dynamic Therapy Solutions, Los Angeles

When it comes to identifying a young child’s risk for learning disabilities, one rule of thumb applies: the earlier, the better. Today, we’re dedicating a Screener Spotlight to the Well Screening® tool, a quick and reliable way to identify kindergarten students (ages 4–6) at risk for learning disabilities, including developmental language disorders, dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and speech sound disorders.

Created by Barbara Ekelman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Debra A. Dutka, M.A., CCC-SLP, & Karen St. Amour, M.A., Well Screening is an engaging, game-like online screener that looks at student performance in multiple skill areas that predict their future school success. Use it after a universal screening questionnaire—in just 20 minutes, you’ll get a deeper look at children’s skills in these important domains:

  • receptive language
  • expressive language
  • social communication
  • early literacy
  • reading
  • attention
  • math calculation
  • speech sound production
  • motor skills

The Well Screening shows the growth my students make over the course of a school year and helps guide my teaching to best support each individual learner.

—Lauren Brown, Teacher, Private School

The How and Why of Well Screening

Want to learn more about the benefits of Well Screening and how it works? Here are some free resources to check out:

Download the Well Screening introductory toolkit for a clear and comprehensive overview of the screener

Explore the evidence behind the screener in this excerpt from the Technical Report

Watch a webinar presented by Well Screening co-developer Barbara Ekelman

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