Developmental screening is an essential part of quality, comprehensive pediatric care. Unlike developmental monitoring, which your provider does at every well-child visit, developmental screening uses standardized testing at specific times in your child's life to identify early signs of developmental disorders and conditions.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your child should have developmental screenings at nine, 18, and 30 months of age. They also recommend screening for autism at your child's 18-month and 24-month well-child visits.
Developmental screening tools help your provider identify evidence of conditions that could affect your child's early development, including:
The AAP recommends developmental screenings take place whether or not a child shows signs of any conditions. If a child is at high risk due to premature birth, low birth weight, or lead exposure, they may need earlier or more frequent screening.
Developmental screenings do not definitively diagnose a child with a condition or disorder. A positive screening signals that your child should have further evaluation and specialized testing by a trained provider. They may need an in-depth medical or psychological examination to identify any underlying causes that could explain certain behaviors.
Further testing identifies if your child can benefit from early intervention programs or special education services. Early identification of developmental issues ensures that they receive assistance and resources as early in their development as possible.
The Virginia Pediatric Group team commits to early identification and intervention for your child. If your child has a developmental or behavioral disorder, they provide support services such as:
Your pediatric team works with you, other providers, educators, and therapists every step of the way. They want to help your child live their best, healthiest life possible.
For comprehensive developmental screening, call Virginia Pediatric Group or schedule an appointment online today.