While it is important to remember that all children develop at different rates, detecting a possible developmental delay early is critical helping children find or return to a typically developing path and promote development.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends screenings for delays at 9, 18 and 30-month check ups. Additionally, from 3 – 60 months, Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) highlights specific milestones children should be achieving at certain ages and stages.
If you suspect that your child could have a delay in gross motor (holding and manipulating objects), communication and language (comprehending and speaking), self help (dressing him/herself or toilet training) or social skills (making eye contact and playing with others), speak to your pediatrician or contact us.
Likewise, parents can take also take the free Ages and Stages Questionnaire, 3rd edition or ASQ-3 to determine if your child might be exhibiting signs of a developmental delay. An early childhood professional from Summit DD reviews each response and provides you with individualized results and recommendations for your child.
A Social and Emotional Screening, ASQ: SE will also help parents determine if there are any delays in a child’s emotional or social development.
Should your child be diagnosed with having a significant delay, Summit DD and our partner agency Help Me Grow, will work with you and your child through a home visitation program. This free service is provided from birth through 3 years of age and will give parents and caregivers the skills and resources necessary to navigate the challenges of delays and provide support and building blocks for encouraging growth and development.
Interested in developmental screenings? Take the ASQ-3 or ASQ:SE to find out if your child is meeting his milestones.
Learn more about early Intervention services for your child in our Early Intervention FAQs.
Still have questions? Contact us. We’re here to help.