What is Developmental Screening?
A developmental screening tool is a list of questions that give a
general idea of how a child is learning, growing and meeting developmental milestones. Developmental screening tools do not diagnose delays or disabilities but
they do give information about whether a child would benefit from testing or services
to help them do their best.
Why is developmental screening important?
It is recommended
that all children receive developmental screening at certain ages. We know from
research that early detection of developmental delays and appropriate help can
promote a child’s development.
children at a young age there is opportunity to enrich their relationship with
their parent/caregiver and promote brain development when their brains are
activities with parents/caregivers encourage development and are fun! Children
showing delays benefit and respond even more to these activities at a young
age. Download the Vroom app to receive daily ideas for fun brain-building
activities tailored to your child’s needs.
Who should complete the Developmental
Parents/caregivers are experts on their child and are
the best people to answer screening questions. Parents see their child in many
different places and can offer the most complete information. Any professional
working with families with young children can introduce developmental screening
and help parents to complete the questionnaire, but parents provide the best
What work is Oregon doing?
screening is important to Oregon’s health and early learning systems in many