What is a developmental checkup?
At a developmental checkup, your child will receive a complete head-to-toe assessment to ensure that his or her growth and development is progressing on track. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends developmental checkups at your child’s 9, 18, 24 and 36 month well-child visits, although they can be performed every few months until your child’s fifth birthday. Developmental checkups can be performed by a combination of:
- Pediatricians, family doctors, dentists and nurses
- Occupational and physical therapists for fine and gross motor development
- Audiologists for hearing development
- Speech therapists for speech, language and communication development
- Cognitive specialists for thinking and problem solving development
- Vision specialists for eye health
- Mental health professionals for social and expressive development
Specialists will document your child’s progress or any concerns and note whether or not a referral is needed to another agency for additional support. Parents or caregivers should leave with a copy of the checkup so they are aware of what developmental skills were screened and what areas of development may need additional support.
Where can my child receive a developmental checkup?
Right here! You may not be a child development specialist, but you are the expert regarding your own child. Click on the button below to complete a developmental checkup with your child using an Ages & Stages Questionnaire*.
Your family doctor or pediatrician. At your next well-child visit, ask your doctor if he or she can perform a complete developmental checkup for your child. If you have any concerns, be sure to let your child’s doctor know. Looking for a doctor who regularly performs developmental checkups? Check out the Good To Go From Head To Toe Partnering Pediatricians & Physicians.
The Community. In addition to your child’s doctor, the Family Support Network provides FREE developmental screenings for children age birth through five years. Find one in your area today! (FSN Screening Schedule [English] [Spanish])
*Ages & Stages Questionnaire
What is an Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)?
An Ages & Stages Questionnaire is a parent completed developmental checkup taken to ensure that your child’s growth and development is progressing on track. It looks at your child’s strengths and challenges, educates you about developmental milestones, and incorporates your expert knowledge about your child to learn more about their development. It assesses five major development areas: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social. It is valid, reliable and American Academy of Pediatrics recommended.
Where else can I find an Ages & Stages Questionnaire?
Paper copies of the ASQ are also available for FREE by visiting Pretend City Children’s Museum lobby.
Where does the Ages & Stages Questionnaire go once I complete it?
Once your child’s ASQ is complete you will either submit it through our online portal or mail it to Pretend City Children’s Museum utilizing the attached prepaid envelope. By completing this questionnaire, you are giving consent to allow Good To Go From Head To Toe to review your child’s ASQ and mail you the results along with a list of developmentally appropriate activities to encourage learning through play. You will also receive one free admission ticket to Pretend City Children’s Museum. Should our Developmental Screening Coordinator have any questions regarding your child’s ASQ, she will contact you at the phone number provided. With your permission, a referral will be made to our community partner, Help Me Grow, to assist in providing resources available in your area. If you have any questions concerning the ASQ or are interested in learning more about our services, please contact the Good To Go From Head To Toe Developmental Screening Coordinator at (949) 428-3900 x 209.