Finding Out Early

SCREENING FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

As children grow, they gain new skills: a first smile, word, and step. They develop skills in playing, learning, speaking, moving and interacting with others. When a child does not gain skills at a particular age or acquires skills much later than their same-age peers, it is called a developmental delay.

Routine developmental screenings can help determine if your child is reaching important developmental milestones. Parents are often the first to sense a concern about their child’s development. Tell your child’s doctor about your concerns. If developmental concerns are suspected, the doctor may refer your child for additional evaluation with the Birth to 3 Program or your local school
district’s Special Education Program. Your child may receive developmental screenings from their primary care provider or from a Head Start/Early Head Start Program. Remember, noticing a child needs help early and having that child receive help has a positive and lasting impact.

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If you are concerned about your child’s development and would like to talk with someone about screening and evaluation, talk to your child’s doctor or contact:

Well Badger Resource Center
800-642-7837 – ask for the Birth to 3 Program contact in your county.
www.wellbadger.org

Birth to 3 (for children under age 3)
www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/birthto3/index.htm

Early Childhood Special Education Programs (for children ages 3 to 6)
apps6.dpi.wi.gov/SchoolDirectory/Search/PublicDistrictsSearch – search for your local school district and call to get the early childhood special education program contact information.

Wisconsin Head Start Association
608-442-6879
whsaonline.org

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LEARN MORE_SCREENING FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS

Developmental Monitoring–Tracking Your Child’s Developmental Milestones

Act Early Wisconsin
actearly.wisc.edu

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Milestone Moments Booklet
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

CDC Milestone Moments Tracker App
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app.html

Developmental Monitoring and Screening
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/screening.html

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

CDC Screening Recommendations
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/screening.html

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
m-chat.org

About the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)
www.appliedbehavioranalysisprograms.com/faq/what-is-the-autism-diagnostic-observation-schedule/

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