Developmental screening is a procedure designed to identify children whose development is delayed. It allows for earlier detection of delays and can improve child health and well-being. Talk to your pediatrician about having a developmental screening. Many home visiting organizations and child care providers can also perform developmental screenings. It is important that an accurate screening tool is used such as PEDS (Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status) or ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire). Be sure to ask about these tools.
The organizations listed below can also help if you have concerns about your child's development.
211/Help Me Grow
early childhood information and referral through Delaware 211
Birth to Three: Child Development Watch
evaluation and services for children ages birth to 3 with developmental delay
free screening and evaluation program for children ages 3 – 6
Delaware Early Childhood Center (DECC)
early intervention, head start, home-visiting and childcare programs
Department of Public Health (DPH): Delaware Newborn Screening Program
screening program for newborn babies to identify rare disorders
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
checklists and information on developmental milestones
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
hospital for children offering inpatient and outpatient services
Parents as Teachers (PAT)
home visiting program for children ages birth to 3