ECHO Screenings


Spend an hour at ECHO and be assured your child's learning is on schedule. Every step in a child's growth is part of the educational process! Make sure your child is able to take full advantage of these important learning years.

Check-ups are encouraged for all children beginning at 4-6 months to school age.

At ECHO screening checkups, your child will play fun games that will check:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Talking, listening and speaking clearly
  • Problem solving skills (building with blocks)
  • Large muscle skills (crawling or running)
  • Small muscle skills (crayon markings or drawings)
  • Social skills (playing or having a friend)
  • Independent skills (dressing or using a spoon)

Children enjoy the games and parents are reassured that their child is doing well in the areas checked. If a problem is detected, ECHO will point you in the right direction to secure assistance and help get your child on the right track. ECHO helps parents find community services available to help their child grow and develop, which includes several preschool options.

Special hearing clinics, staffed by an audiologist from Canon City Schools is available quarterly to monitor hearing and middle ear status for children with recurring ear infections.

A Child's Education Begins At Birth

Every step in a child's growth is part of the educational process. Although children develop at different rates, their growth is marked by certain milestones:


  • Raises head slightly off floor or bed, when lying on stomach. Holds head up momentarily when supported. Watches and follows objects with eyes briefly. Avoids mildly annoying sensations (placement of cloth on face).
  • Produces some "noise in throat" sounds.


  • Lifts head and chest when lying on stomach. Has vigorous body movement. Improves head control. Recognizes bottle or breast. Coos and chuckles.


  • Sits with minimal support. Rolls from back to stomach. Transfers object from hand to hand and from hand to mouth. Babbles more than two sounds.


  • Sits alone. While sitting can turn self around. Plays with two objects at the same time. Says "mama'' and "dada".


  • Pulls self to standing. Walks with assistance. Picks things up with thumb and one finger. Stacks two blocks. Gives toy on request. Shows affection. Follows simple directions accompanied by gestures. Says two or three words.


  • Walks. May run a bit. Climbs up or down one stair. Likes pull toys. Likes being read to. Marks with crayon on paper or table. Finger feeds self. May use 5-10 words.


  • Kicks large ball. Turns pages (two or three at a time). Imitates parents working. Recognizes familiar picture, knows if the picture is upside down. Asks for items by name. Uses two or three words together, such as "more juice."


  • Walks up stairs. Stands momentarily on one foot.. Rides tricycle. Feeds self with utensils. Opens door. Verbalizes toilet needs.


  • Hops in place. Throws ball overhead. Catches ball bounced to him. Copies circles. Points to six basic colors. Knows own sex, age, last name. Plays independently. Uses sentences with correct grammar, such as "May I go to the store?" "I want a cookie."
  • Washes hands unassisted.


  • Walks backwards, heel-toe. Runs on tiptoe. Prints a few capital letters. Recognizes own printed name. Cuts food with knife. Plays cooperatively with others. Recognizes coins. Can tell simple stories and recall events. Laces shoes.