What is Developmental Screening

When you want to see how much your child weighs, you use a scale.  When you want to see how your child is developing, you use 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 is a quick check of a child’s progress, not a formal evaluation.

It’s recommended! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants and young children be screened on a regular basis.

How do I complete a screening?

  • Ask your doctor for a developmental screening at your child’s next visit.  Most doctors provide screenings at the 9 month, 18 month and 24 or 30 month well-child visits.  You can ask for a screening any time before your child’s 5th birthday.

What if my child seems fine?

Developmental screenings are recommended for all children.  Screenings are a great way to make sure that your child is developing on track for their age.   You can learn about your child’s strengths and ways to support their healthy development.  You can learn how to help your child get ready for school.

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 888-510-1211 to speak to a friendly staff.