Carroll County Schools
Preschool Assessment & Learning Services (PALS)
Early Intervention plants a seed for success... Ready. Set. Grow!
PALS will be valued as a premier learning environment, enhancing global development, and ensuring school readiness for exceptional students ages three to five.
What is Preschool Assessment and Learning Services (PALS)?
The PALS program is an early intervention program serving children ages 3 to 5 who reside in Carroll County, GA. It is a division of the Carroll County Schools Exceptional Children's Services.
To be eligible for the PALS program, a child must exhibit a significant delay in one or more of the following areas:
Cognition - skills and abilities that are conceptual in nature
Speech/Language - reception and expression through verbal and non-verbal means
Motor Skills - precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific act
Social Skills - abilities and characteristics allowing children to engage in meaningful social interactions
Adaptive Skills - self-help and daily living skills
Vision Impairment - lost or diminished vision
Hearing Impairment - lost or diminished hearing
Who can Make a Referral?
The following is a list of example individuals and organizations able to refer a child for services:
Babies Can't Wait
Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS)
Children's Medical Services.
What is the Process?
In compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Georgia Rules and Regulations, the process of identification for Special Education services includes:
Developmental and/or Speech-Language Screening
Committee Determination for Eligibility
Committee Development of Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Implementation of services
What are the Benefits of Early Intervention?
The purpose of early intervention is to encourage children to be independent and active learners by providing a positive preschool experience. Children who are eligible for Special Education Services may be served in a variety of settings including:
The Home Environment
Local Preschool Programs
Classrooms of Children with Disabilities
Those who receive PALS services may participate in the following activities:
Improve Communication with Same-Age Peers and Adults
Appropriate Social Interactions with Others
Strengthening Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Attention to Tasks
Appropriate Social Behaviors
Pre-Academic and Pre-Readiness Skills