We monitor age appropriate developmental milestones.
Early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families. It is an integral function of the care we provide as your child’s pediatrician.
During every well-child preventative care visit, our practitioners will ask you questions and observe your child for age appropriate developmental milestones. If anything concerning is found, a standardized developmental screening test will be used to help evaluate the extent of the concern. Screening tests are also administered routinely at the 9-, 18-, and 24-month well-child preventative care visits. All of the above are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and typically covered by most health plans.
Developmental milestones are functional skills or age-specific tasks that most children can do at a certain age range. Although each milestone has an age level, the actual age when a normally developing child reaches that milestone can very quite a bit. Every child is unique!
A typical developmental assessment will usually include the evaluation of these skills:
- Gross motor: using large groups of muscles to sit, stand, walk, run, etc., keeping balance, and changing positions.
- Fine motor: using hands to be able to eat, draw, dress, play, write, and do many other things.
- Language: speaking, using body language and gestures, communicating, and understanding what others say.
- Cognitive: Thinking skills: including learning, understanding, problem-solving, reasoning, and remembering.
- Social: Interacting with others, having relationships with family, friends, and teachers, cooperating, and responding to the feelings of others.
Your input is invaluable in discovering your child’s level of development. It’s often helpful to complete the developmental questionnaires before you arrive for your child’s well-child preventative care visit. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you have with our providers.