Finding Out Early


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.

Birth to 3 (for children under age 3)

Early Childhood Special Education Programs (for children ages 3 to 6) – search for your local school district and call to get the early childhood special education program contact information.

Wisconsin Head Start Association

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Developmental Monitoring–Tracking Your Child’s Developmental Milestones

Act Early Wisconsin

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Milestone Moments Booklet

CDC Milestone Moments Tracker App

Developmental Monitoring and Screening

Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

CDC Screening Recommendations

Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)

About the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)

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