What is Developmental Screening and Developmental Monitoring?
Developmental screening is a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays. Developmental screening can also be done by other professionals in health care, community, or school settings. Your child’s growth and development are tracked through you and your health professional. At each well-child visit the doctor looks for developmental delays or problems and talks with you about any concerns you might have. This is called developmental monitoring
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at 9, 18 & 24 or 30 months.
Why should I have my child(ren) screened for developmental delays?
Many children with developmental delays are not being identified as early as possible. As a result, these children must wait to get the help they need to do well in school and other social settings.
What kind of screenings & monitoring are available?
When should a child typically reach for toys or say first words? The Ages & Stages questionnaire can assess these milestones and many more. You can enroll in Connecticut’s Ages and Stages Child Monitoring Program, a FREE service provided by Help Me Grow at Child Development Infoline (CDI). Click here to learn more.
Do you think your child may have a developmental delay or health-related need? CT’s Birth to Three system supports families in meeting their developmental or health-related needs for infants and toddlers. Click here to learn more.
Mid-Level Developmental Assessment (MLDA) provides a high quality, easily accessible developmental assessment of children 3 to 6 years who are struggling within their home and/or school environment. Click here to learn more.
What can you do to help your child’s development?
- Talk, read, sing and play music with your child.
- Give your child lots of love, affection, and attention.
- Encourage safe exploration and curiosity of his/her environment.
- Avoid harsh punishment. Instead, give attention and praise for positive behavior.
- Learn more positive parenting tips here
Where can I get more information?
Child Development Infoline 211: Supports children’s healthy growth and development starting from pregnancy.
Help Me Grow: Supporting Healthy Growth and Development
CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early Program: From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how s/he plays, learns, speaks, acts & moves.
Click here for a list of resources in CT that serve the ages of prenatal through 21.