Get it Done: Developmental Screenings

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. Appropriate physical, mental and social development during a child’s early years is important and can impact the rest of their lives. If you are concerned that your child is experiencing any developmental delays or disabilities, early screening and help are key to helping your child reach their full potential. First 5 LA is here to help you connect to information, resources, and services for developmental screenings:

  • Learn about Developmental Milestones. Knowledge is power: Developmental milestones provide an idea of what typically-developing children do at different ages and stages. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/ind… and track your child’s development using the CDC’s Milestone Tracker App: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones-app….
  • Schedule Regular Well-Baby Visits. Numerous studies show that the earlier a developmental delay is recognized and addressed, the better the child’s chances of improvement. Having a health provider screen your child’s development at the American Academy of Pediatrics-recommended ages of 9 months, 18 months, 24 months, and 30 months is one of the best ways to ensure your child’s future school success.
  • Talk to Your Child’s Healthcare Provider. Asking is advocacy: Discussing your child’s development and possible concerns with your child’s healthcare provider helps your child get what they need. For tips, visit https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/talk-doctor.html
  • Get An Evaluation — And Help. Once you or your pediatrician notices a developmental delay in your child, it is important to act quickly. The California Department of Developmental Services’ Early Start Program provides free evaluations and services statewide. After contacting an Early Start provider, you and your child are legally guaranteed a meeting, evaluation and a written plan for providing your child with early intervention services within 45 days. Once a plan for your child is in place, numerous regional and family centers across Los Angeles can provide the services needed. For more information, look at the Guide for Requesting an Early Start Assessment at https://kids-alliance.org/programs/education/speci… and visit the California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network at https://www.ceitan-earlystart.org/.
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