Developmental screenings for children can be an important first step in identifying possible development issues with your child. Below are some tips and guidelines that will help you better understand what a developmental screening is, where to access a screening, and how to prepare your child for a screening.
What is a Developmental Screening?
- A brief assessment of a child's development
- A tool to determine if further assessment/evaluation is needed
- Can be administered repeatedly during childhood
- Promotes and supports a parent's understanding of their child's development
- Is relatively low in cost
- Early identification promotes early intervention
What a Developmental Screening IS NOT:
- It is not a tool that will provide a specific diagnosis
- It will not predict success or failure in school
- It will not tell you a child's IQ
- It is not a "test" that will positively identify children with autism, ADD, or ADHD
- It will not tell you "why" a child is delayed or has learning or behavior problems
When Should a Child Get a Developmental Screening?
- Anytime from birth to age five
- Whenever you or someone else has a concern
- Use the well-child appointment schedule
- When you just want to know how they are doing
- When there are behavior or discipline concers, sometimes delays in development affect behavior; some examples are hearing, speech delay or social-emotional
Where can I Go for a Developmental Screening?
Tulsa Health Department Child Guidance Program
- Appointments only by calling 918-594-4739
- Minimal fee
- Medicaid accepted
- Check with your primary care physician
- SoonerStart Early Intervention 918-835-8691