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Developmental Screening



Developmental screening helps with the early identification of children at risk for cognitive, motor, communication, or social-emotional delays. These are delays that may interfere with expected growth, learning, and development and may warrant a further diagnosis, assessment, and evaluation. Screenings are scheduled twice per year and conducted by a multidisciplinary team that includes a speech therapist, school psychologist, and occupational therapist. If children are found to have delays that place them at risk, a comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation will be offered at no charge.

Why is Developmental

Screening Important?

When a developmental delay is not recognized early, children must wait to get the help they need. This can make it hard for them to learn when they start school. In the United States, 17 percent of children have a developmental or behavioral disability such as autism, intellectual disability, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In addition, many children have delays in language or other areas. But less than half of children with problems are identified before starting school. During this time, the child could have received help for these problems and may even have entered school more ready to learn.

How Can I Help

My Child’s Development?

Proper nutrition, exercise, and rest are very important for children’s health and development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time with your child — playing, singing, reading, and even just talking — can also make a big difference in his or her development. 

Developmental Milestones

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).