Screening detects developmental delays in children and celebrates milestones.

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What is a developmental milestone?

Child development refers to the process in which children go through changes in skill development during predictable periods of time, called developmental milestones.

What is a developmental delay?

A developmental delay occurs when children have not reached milestones by the expected time period. For example, if the normal range for learning to walk is between 9 and 15 months, and a 20-month-old child has still not begun walking, this would be considered a developmental delay.

Why does early screening matter?

Developmental delays and disabilities often go undetected. Delays in children can be subtle and can occur in children who appear to be developing typically, so all young children benefit from routine developmental screening. Studies have shown that the earlier a delay is recognized and treated, the better chance a child has of making substantial improvement at a time when it can have its greatest impact.