You can’t change your genes, but you can change your behavior. You can take steps to prevent disease, lower your risk, or find problems early when treatments work best.
Pediatric Screening Part II- Developmental Screening
Developmental screenings compare your child to norms for children of the same age. These screenings should be done at 9, 18 and 24 or 30 months of age. Screening does not give a diagnosis. Instead, it can show areas in which your child is growing slower or faster than others. If the doctor finds developmental or behavioral problems, you can get an early start finding treatments and learning styles that are best for your child.
Learn more at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html
If your doctor or anyone else that cares for your child, suspects that he or she might have a developmental delay, your child can be referred to your state’s Early Intervention (EI) program. It is always best to consult your child’s doctor first and foremost, but the EI program will also be able to evaluate whether or not your child qualifies for services that help children from birth through 3 years of age (36 months) learn important skills. Services include therapy to help a child talk, walk, and interact with others.
To learn more, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/screening.html
If you are concerned that your child is not developing properly, you should discuss this with your pediatrician. This questionnaire might help you learn more about your child’s developmental milestones.
Be sure to check out Part I of this blog post on hearing, vision, and language screening and visit www.GenesInLife.org for more on screening through the life course.