What is Developmental Screening?

Developmental screening is a way to check your child's development. It can help identify if a child may need any supports sooner rather than later. Developmental screening is an example of the parent-physician partnership - an important part of medical home. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children’s development be screened at 9-months, 18-months and 24-or 30-months of age, as well as anytime a parent or a physician has a concern about a child’s development.

Developmental screening often involves you completing a questionnaire about how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. The completed questionnaire is scored by clinic staff at a clinic visit. Based on your responses, your child’s physician will have a conversation with you about your child’s strengths and any areas of potential need. Developmental screening is designed to open doors for children and families to needed supports and services. 

Resources

  • Birth to 5, Watch Me Thrive
    Resources to help you track your young child’s developmental milestones so you can know a lot more about how your child is learning and growing.

Use the Developmental Screening Passport to track your child's screening history and results. Download a printable version to share this information with child's doctor and other providers who might be screening your child. 
 



 

  • Developmental Screening, Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)
    A video addressing the benefits of developmental screening (developed by University of Wisconsin Extension-Milwaukee County).
     
  • Make the First Five Count
    Easter Seals offers a free, comprehensive and confidential online screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3 to help guide and keep track of your child’s growth and development during the first five years.
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