Your infant will have many “firsts” in their young life – the first smile, first laugh, first step, first words – and celebrating those firsts becomes an important part of your child’s development.
Regular developmental screenings help families recognize milestones a child is achieving and address possible developmental concerns as early as possible. Screenings help you ensure your infant gets the right help they need to grow and develop.
Developmental screenings are usually brief assessments performed by doctors, nurses, early childhood professionals, educators, etc. Screenings take a closer, more formal look at the child’s development than the ongoing observation families and providers already do. They can be done any time you have a concern about your infant’s development, but screenings should be scheduled on a regular basis. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screenings during wellness visits at 9, 18, and 30 months. The AAP also recommends autism screenings at 18 and 24 months. If any issues are identified, additional evaluation or intervention may be recommended.
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