Child Care Resources
District of Parry Sound
Social Services Administration Board

April 10, 2006

Dear Marian:

The resource teachers in Integration Support Services have been using the Diagnostic Inventory for Screening Children (DISC) and it’s partner tool the DISC Preschool Screen (DPS) for more than ten years. 

In order to qualify for a position as a resource teacher within our organization, an individual must have a minimum level of education of two years in a social services related program and be approved by the program manager from the Ministry of Children’s Service under the Day Nurseries Act.  In addition Dr. Mainland requests that each resource teacher participate in an extensive training workshop presented by herself or her designate.  This currently involves two days of theory and practice.   Following the workshop, Dr. Mainland recommends that each resource teacher complete ten DISC screens and submit the tenth one to herself for marking.  She makes herself readily available for consultation through her e-mail, her web site, and by phone.  This empowers her trainees to clarify the details of the screening tool as they encounter questions during the learning process.

The DPS and DISC are the sole screening system that Integration Support Services uses.
It screens gross and fine motor areas of development, expressive language and receptive language, auditory and visual attention, social, and self-help in children from birth to five years of age.  All children referred to our program have the DPS administered within the first month of enrolment.  Where appropriate as deemed by the screening criteria, the DPS is followed by the DISC.  Based on the recommendations of the DISC referrals are made to appropriate therapist such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language pathologists, behaviour therapists and also psychologists.  The DISC has been both a reliable and valid tool for our agency.  Follow-up by the various therapists supports that it is screening the areas that we think it is screening and also that the DISC produces consistent results.

Integration Support Services is pleased with the DISC and plans to continue using it in the future.                                                                      

Yours truly                                                                              

 

Caroline Moran                                   
Team Leader                                                   
Integration Support Services
Child Care Resources
District of Parry Sound
Social Services Administration Board

                 


 

 



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