Health professionals who see infants and children
screen for (watch for early signs of)
developmental disabilities at every well-child visit.
Developmental problems can affect how a child can talk, move, concentrate,
The doctor will use
developmental tests (questionnaires) and then review your child's
results. He or she will compare your child's abilities with the normal
milestones of children of the same age.
Your child will be
evaluated right away if the doctor discovers obvious signs of
developmental delays, such as:
No babbling, pointing, or other gestures by 12
Saying no single words by 16 months.
two-word spontaneous phrases by 24 months, with the exception of repeating
Any loss of language or
social skills at any age.
If there are no obvious signs of developmental delays or any
unusual results from the tests, most infants or children do not need
further evaluation until the next well-child visit.
have a sibling who has autism need continued monitoring. Along with the
normal check-ups at each well-child visit, these children need to be screened for language delays, poor social skills, and other problems that could be a sign of autism. Some children may need to see a
developmental pediatrician after the screening is done.
When socialization, learning, or behaviour problems develop in a person at
any time or at any age, he or she should be evaluated.