Special Education District of Lake County
Exceptional Services for Exceptional Students
Early Childhood Assessment (ECAT)

Barbara Walti
ECAT Coordinator
Marcia Smart
The Special Education District of Lake County’s Early Childhood Assessment Teams (ECAT) are committed to providing quality assessments to preschool aged children while working collaboratively with parents and school districts. Services for children under three can include developmental screenings, as well as vision screenings and audiological evaluations. Additionally, each year approximately 300 families with Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) are assisted in the transition process, through a transition meeting, from Early Intervention to possible services through the public school district. Educational evaluations are available for children 2-1/2 to 6 years of age. Through play and structured activities, these evaluations provide a free comprehensive assessment of a child’s strengths and challenges in the following areas: gross and fine motor, hearing and vision, play, pre-academic skills, problem solving skills, sensory motor skills, social emotional skills, and speech and language skills. Bilingual evaluations are conducted when appropriate.

Scheduling & Referrals

To inquire about new referrals or to schedule an appointment for a child; 
  • Under the age of 3, contact Marcia Smart at 847-986-2415; msmart@sedol.us 
  • Aged 3 and above, contact Marcia Smart at 847-986-2415; msmart@sedol.us 

Parent Resources
Digital Tour of an ECAT Evaluation (Español)