Child Development

Child Development

Monitoring child development is an important aspect of well child care. The providers at Advanced Pediatrics recognize the importance of early detection and intervention in treating developmental delays. Consistent with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, we include important developmental screening tools for all well care visits for children from 2 months to 5 years old.

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Developmental Milestones

Children experience continued physical, mental and behavioral growth from birth until young adulthood.  Although this development generally follows a pattern of typical "developmental milestones," not all children develop on the same schedule -- and premature infants are likely to develop somewhat behind full term babies. For general information about what to expect as your child grows, click on the appropriate link in the menu below:

Additional developmental milestones are available by visiting AAP Healthy Children.

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Child Development Resources

Child Development Websites
Child Development Books

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Developmental Screening

Advanced Pediatrics uses Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ), a well researched screening tool, to identify children who would benefit from a more comprehensive developmental evaluation. You will be asked to complete an Ages and Stages Questionnaire for all well care visits between 2 months and 5 years. The appropriate Ages and Stages Questionnaire will be emailed to you when you schedule your child's well care visit. Due to the publisher's licensing restrictions, we are not able to post these questionnaires to our website.

In addition, Advanced Pediatrics uses the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) at all 18 and 24 month well care visits. You may download and print the M-CHAT below.

Please complete the appropriate developmental screening questionnaire(s) at home and bring with you to your child's well care visit. The results of each questionnaire will be scored and reviewed by your child's well care provider. Should the results of the screening indicate a potential developmental delay, we may refer your child to Early Childhood Connections (for children under 3 years) or Child Find (for children over 3 years) for additional evaluation and assistance. Learn more about Early Childhood Connections and Child Find below.

Advanced Pediatrics' Diagnostic Forms (ASQ & M-CHAT)

The "Ages & Stages" Developmental Screening Questionnaires will be emailed to you when scheduling well care visits between the ages of 2 months and 5 years.

For all 18 and 24 month well care appointments, we also ask you to download, print and complete the "Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers" questionnaire below for more specific autism screening.

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Early Childhood Connections / Child Find

The purpose of Early Childhood Connections and Child Find is to enhance the development of children who have developmental delays and to help families to meet their child's developmental needs. Services provided by these agencies are completely free of charge and include a multidisciplinary evaluation, services and support coordination, and the development of an "Individualized Family Service Plan" (IFSP) for children under 3 years of age or an "Individualized Educational Plan" (IEP) for children over three years of age. For your convenience, contact information for these agencies can be found in the pull-down menu below:

Early Childhood Connections/Early Intervention Colorado (Birth - 3 Years)
Child Find (3 - 21 Years)

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Delayed Learning / Development

If you are concerned that your child may have a developmental delay, please discuss this with one of our providers at your child's next well care visit, or call our Nurse Line to determine whether a consultation appointment might be recommended. We recommend the following resources regarding developmental delays:

Developmental Delay Websites
Developmental Delay Books

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a brain-based disorder that affects a child's behavior, social, and communication skills. Because most children with ASD will develop early motor skills such as sitting, crawling, and walking on time, parents may not always notice delays in social and communication skills. Research shows that early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve the progress made by children with ASD.

Less than 2% of children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Though ASD is a lifelong condition with no known cure, children with ASD can progress developmentally and learn new skills. Some children may improve so much that they no longer meet the criteria for ASD, although milder symptoms may often persist. Advanced Pediatrics utilizes "Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Questionnaires" and the "Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers" questionnaire at well care visits to help ensure that children are identified and receive access to services as early as possible.

Autism Spectrum Websites
Autism Spectrum Books

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Important Note Regarding Autism:

The providers at Advanced Pediatrics firmly believe in the safety of recommended childhood vaccinations and believe there is NO link between vaccinations and autism. For more information on vaccine safety, please visit Immunization Resources.

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