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The Importance of Developmental Screening for Children

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The Importance of Developmental Screening for Children

When should my baby start talking? Is it okay if my little one isn’t walking by a year old? You have probably had many questions about your child’s growth and development, or you soon will have questions like these. Making sure your baby is on track to develop into a healthy, happy child is easier than you may think.

Milestones are achievements that your child will reach at every age AND they are clues that your child is on track. You can learn the milestones that most children and babies reach at certain ages at! Milestones help you recognize if your child is on track and can help you understand what questions you should be asking at your child’s next well-child visit.

Developmental Screening is a milestone check-up. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ALL children get screened by their doctor at ages 9, 18, 24, and 30 months and every year thereafter. Developmental screening helps your doctor identify if your child has a delay in their growth and helps you get connected to supports early. Developmental screening reduces the chances that a child will fall behind because of a developmental delay.

Not sure where developmental screening is offered? Check our developmental screening locator. You can also dial 2-1-1 to reach the Help Me Grow contact line and get connected to various resources that can help you support your child.

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