Developmental Screening for Children from Birth to Five years of age

What is Developmental Screening?

Your child grows in many ways during the first years of life. These changes are not just physical but also emotional, social, and cognitive (learning, thinking, and problem-solving). New skills are developed during these important first years including crawling, walking, and talking. These new skills are referred to as “developmental milestones”. Developmental Screening is a short test to tell if a child is achieving these milestones or if there are delays.

Why is Developmental Screening Important?

Every child should have the chance to reach their full potential. Early detection of developmental delays will help you and your Primary Care Provider (PCP) identify services that may benefit your child.

Developmental screening is a CareOregon covered benefit.

Who should I talk to about Developmental Screening?

A good time to discuss child development and developmental screening is with your child’s Primary Care Provider at a Well Child visit. Also, always talk to your child’s doctor or nurse any time you have concerns about your child’s development.

Online Resources

  • ASQ Oregon online is an early development checkup questionnaire. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a free, confidential website for parents and primary caregivers to check on their young child’s development. Score results, follow up, and community resources are available on request. This free public service is provided by the Oregon Department of Education and the Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon. 
  • A short video: Learn the Signs. Act Early. 

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