Should I be concerned about my child's development?
You should also always talk to your child’s doctor about what you are seeing with your child’s growth, development and health and what your concerns are.
Milestone Checklists (cdc.org)
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has many resources including videos, written materials, and an app that help you compare your child’s development with other children. CDC also has the Indicadores en acción for Spanish speakers.
First Words Project: Smart Early Screening for Autism and Communication Disorders (Smart ESAC)
FIRST WORDS® Project is a longitudinal research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine designed to improve screening tools and early detection of communication problems by maximizing the role of the family and to help families support their child’s development and access intervention services sooner. The First Words Project provides parents and practitioners with early learning tools to help young children grow and and reach developmental milestones. The Smart ESAC is a new online screening tool designed as a universal screen based on parent report. You can learn more about the First Words Project, its staff, and how your data may be used here.
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
The M-CHAT is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. It is designed to identify children who may benefit from a more thorough developmental and autism evaluation.
Ages and Stages Questionnaire
The Ages and States Questionnaire (ASQ) is a developmental screening tool that parents and professionals can use to pinpoint a child’s developmental progress. Easterseals, though support from Comcast NBC Universal, provides parents with free access to the ASQ. View the questionnaire.