What is a Developmental Screening?

A child’s development can be measured by how a child learns, speaks, moves, behaves and relates to others.  Developmental screenings are used to tell if a child is learning skills when they should.  It’s a quick check of a child’s progress, not a formal evaluation.

Why is it important?

Screenings help families understand their child’s development.  Screenings show important milestones and identify possible concerns as early as possible.

The fact is, too often children with developmental concerns get missed.  These concerns can impact a child’s ability to be ready for kindergarten. Concerns can also be signs of a developmental or behavioral disability like autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

Research tells us that the sooner a developmental concern is identified the better.  Early identification leads to early support and services that can improve a child’s development and help them be their best.

Plus, it’s recommended! Developmental screening is so important that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children be screened at their 9-month, 18-month and 24- or 30-month well-child visits.

How do I complete a screening?

  • Ask your doctor for a developmental screening at your child’s next visit. Screenings can be completed any time before your child’s 5th birthday.

What if I am concerned about my child?

If a child has a developmental concern or delay, a screening is a good first step.  A screening can help determine if your child needs extra help or further evaluation.

However, a screening does not give you a diagnosis or replace a doctor visit.   If you have concerns about your child, call your doctor for an appointment.

You can also call Help Me Grow at 937-208-GROW (4769).  Our friendly staff specialize in helping families who have concerns about their child’s development. They can answer your questions, help you complete a screening, and connect you to local resources.