Developmental Screening


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Developmental Screening

Part of comprehensive pediatric care is developmental screening to help with early detection and intervention for various childhood conditions. Virginia Pediatric Group offers developmental screening at their offices in Herndon, Fairfax, Great Falls, and Aldie, Virginia. For expert developmental monitoring and evaluation, call the practice or schedule an appointment online.

Developmental Screening Q & A

What is developmental screening? 

Developmental screening is an essential part of quality, comprehensive pediatric care. Unlike developmental monitoring, which your provider does at every well-child visit, developmental screening uses standardized testing at specific times in your child's life to identify early signs of developmental disorders and conditions. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), your child should have developmental screenings at nine, 18, and 30 months of age. They also recommend screening for autism at your child's 18-month and 24-month well-child visits. 

What conditions can developmental screening identify?

Developmental screening tools help your provider identify evidence of conditions that could affect your child's early development, including: 

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Deafness or hearing problems
  • Intellectual or motor disabilities 
  • Behavioral conditions

The AAP recommends developmental screenings take place whether or not a child shows signs of any conditions. If a child is at high risk due to premature birth, low birth weight, or lead exposure, they may need earlier or more frequent screening. 

What happens after a developmental screening?

Developmental screenings do not definitively diagnose a child with a condition or disorder. A positive screening signals that your child should have further evaluation and specialized testing by a trained provider. They may need an in-depth medical or psychological examination to identify any underlying causes that could explain certain behaviors. 

Further testing identifies if your child can benefit from early intervention programs or special education services. Early identification of developmental issues ensures that they receive assistance and resources as early in their development as possible.

What other services support developmental screenings? 

The Virginia Pediatric Group team commits to early identification and intervention for your child. If your child has a developmental or behavioral disorder, they provide support services such as: 

  • Parent education and support
  • Psychological therapy
  • Behavioral health support 
  • Mental health support 
  • Education and learning disability consultation 
  • Behavioral consultation 
  • Community resource coordination 

Your pediatric team works with you, other providers, educators, and therapists every step of the way. They want to help your child live their best, healthiest life possible. 

For comprehensive developmental screening, call Virginia Pediatric Group or schedule an appointment online today.