When your child smiles for the first time, points, takes her first step, or begins waving bye-bye, she is reaching developmental milestones. Although children develop at their own pace, developmental milestones help you know what to expect as your child grows.
Is your child developing like most other children of the same age?
Find out by getting developmental screening for your child. Developmental screenings are simple and easy check-ups. When your child is screened, you will answer a set of questions tied to developmental milestones. Your pediatrician, health care provider, or other service provider can ask you the questions or you can answer them on your own. These questions are designed to help you:
- Make sure your child’s development is on track
- Learn about how your child develops and what to expect as your child grows
- Identify problems or concerns with your child’s development as early as possible
- Find additional support for your child, if needed
- Discover ways you can support your child’s next developmental steps
While screening will not provide a diagnosis if there are concerns with your child’s development, it will indicate if your child needs further assessment.
Start Developmental Screening Today!
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children receive periodic developmental screenings by their pediatrician or health care provider during well-child visits. It is recommended that screening take place when a child is six months, nine months, 18 months, and every year from one to five years. Although earlier is best, you can start at any time before your child is five. If there is a concern with your child’s development, the earlier it is identified, the sooner your child will receive appropriate support.
Most pediatricians or health care providers provide developmental screening. You can also ask other children’s service providers, such as Head Start or First 5 Centers, about developmental screening.
Learn more about developmental screening or what to do if you are concerned about your child’s development.