Developmental Screenings

Developmental Screenings

One major concern on the mind of nearly every parent on the face of this earth is the question of whether his/her child is developing normally. I remember that as a new mom I would scour through books to see what benchmarks my newborn should be meeting each month.
What we quickly find out, however, is that there really is no “normal” as every child seems to develop at a different pace. When Big Brother was just 2 months old, I was fully convinced he was hearing impaired. He barely passed his hearing test at the hospital (in fact, he failed it the first time) and would not startle or wake up for VERY loud sounds (i.e. his crazy mother beating pots and pans by his bedside to ‘test’ his hearing). After driving his doctor crazy with my concerns, we scheduled another screening with an audiologist when he was just 9 weeks old. As it turns out, his hearing was just fine. He was just a REALLY sound sleeper.


This isn’t always the case, however. Sometimes our concerns can lead us to discover that there might be some developmental delays. As parents, it is our job to be an advocate for our child. And the best way that we can advocate for them is by educating ourselves and taking action when necessary. Early intervention can make a world of difference for a child with developmental delays!


Thankfully, there are a wide variety of resources that can help us (as parents) evaluate how our child is progressing developmentally. First and foremost, our child’s doctor, either a pediatrician or family physician, should be the first person we go to when seeking information or advice on our child’s development.
Beyond that, I have also used all of these books and found them to be helpful, although the first is the most comprehensive:
In addition, our Your Baby, Month-by-Month Posts can be a helpful resource for birth through 7 months.
If after looking over a list of developmental milestones in any of the above sources you begin to have some concerns, I would encourage you to do 2 things: (1) talk to your doctor and (2) sign your child up for a developmental screening. A developmental screening is almost always free and is simply a tool to make sure that your child is on track.
Even if you do not feel like your child has any delays, but you would like reassurance, developmental screenings are a great tool! Both of my boys seemed to be developing normally, but I had some questions regarding different areas for each child. They both went through the initial developmental screening process at my request and I was relieved to know that they were both right on track!


If there are some legitimate delays found by the individual conducting the screening, however, he/she will be able to provide you with resources and expertise to help your child. Early intervention is key in helping your child with developmental delays!


The following contact information comes directly from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). These resources are for children birth to 3 years old. If you have a child older than this, you’ll want to look at the Preschool Resources for each state.


Alabama’s Early Intervention System
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Division of Early Intervention
602 S. Lawrence St.
Montgomery , AL , 36104
(800) 543-3098
(334) 293-7500
(800) 499-1816 (TTY)
contact form on web site
Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program
Office of Children’s Services
State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
P.O. Box 240249
Anchorage , AK , 99524-0249
Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)
Department of Economic Security
3839 N. 3rd Street, Suite 304
Phoenix , AZ , 85012
(888) 439-5609 (in AZ)
(602) 532-9960
[email protected]
Division of Developmental Disabilities Services
Department of Health & Human Services
P.O. Box 1437, Donaghey Plaza, North-5th Floor, Slot N504
Little Rock , AR , 72203-1437
(800) 643-8258
(501) 682-8668
[email protected]
Part C Coordinator
Children and Family Services Branch
Department of Developmental Services
1600 9th Street, Room 330, MS 3-8
Sacramento , CA , 95814
(800) 515-2229
(916) 654-2773
[email protected]
Early Intervention Colorado
CDHS-Division for Developmental Disabilities
4055 S. Lowell Blvd.
Denver , CO , 80236
Connecticut Birth to Three System
Department of Developmental Services
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford , CT , 06106-1308
Birth to Three Early Intervention System
Department of Health and Social Services
1901 N. DuPont Highway
New Castle , DE , 19720
(302) 255-9135
[email protected]
Early Steps
Children’s Medical Services, Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A-06
Tallahassee , FL , 32399-1707
(800) 654-4440
Babies Can’t Wait Program/Children And Youth with Special NeedsDivision of Public Health
Department of Human Resources
2 Peachtree Street, 11.217
Atlanta , GA , 30303-3186
(800) 229-2038
Early Intervention Section
Department of Health
1350 S. King Street, Suite 200
Honolulu , HI , 96814
(808) 594-0006
[email protected]
Children’s Developmental Services
Family and Community Services
Department of Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 83720
450 W. State Street, 5th Floor
Boise , ID , 83720-0036
(208) 334-5514
Bureau of Early Intervention
Department of Human Services
222 S. College, 2nd Floor
Springfield , IL , 62704
(800) 323-4769 (in IL only)
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Bureau of Child Development Services (BCDS)
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-386
Indianapolis , IN , 46204
(800) 441-7837 (in IN)
Early ACCESS (IDEA, Part C)
Bureau of Early Childhood
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building, 3rd Floor
Des Moines , IA , 50319-0146
(888) 425-4371 (inquiries/referrals to early intervention)
Children’s Developmental Services
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
1000 S.W. Jackson Street, Suite 220
Topeka , KS , 66612-1274
(785) 296-6135
(800) 332-6262
Early Childhood Development Branch
Department for Public Health
Division of Adult and Child Health Improvement
275 E. Main Street, HS 2WC
Frankfort , KY , 40621
Louisiana Part C Early Intervention
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
P.O. Box 3117, Bin 21, 682 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge , LA , 70802
Child Development Services
146 State House Station
Augusta , ME , 04333
(800) 355-8611
Early Childhood Intervention and Education
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore , MD , 21201
(410) 767-0261
Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston , MA , 02108
(617) 624-5901
(800) 905-8437 (Early Intervention Programs)
[email protected]
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing , MI , 48909
(517) 335-4865
MN Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention
First Steps Early Intervention System
Mississippi Department of Health
P.O. Box 1700
570 E. Woodrow Wilson
Jackson , MS , 39215-1700
(601) 576-7427
Special Education Services
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City , MO , 65102
(573) 522-8762
Developmental Disabilities Program
Department of Public Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 4210
Helena , MT , 59604-4210
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln , NE , 68509-4987
Department of Health and Human Services
IDEA Part C Office
3416 Goni Rd., Bldg. D, Suite 132
Carson City , NV , 89706
(800) 522-0066
New Hampshire:
Family-Centered Early Supports and Services
Bureau of Developmental Services
Concord , NH , 03301
(603) 271-5122
New Jersey:
Department of Health and Senior Services
Division of Family Health Services
Early Intervention System
50 E. State Street
P. O. Box 364
Trenton , NJ , 08625-0364
(888) 653-4463 (NJEIS Referral)
(609) 777-7734
New Mexico:
Family Infant Toddler Program
New Mexico Department of Health
2500 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe , NM , 87505
(877) 696-1472
New York:
Bureau of Early Intervention
New York State Department of Health
Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building, Room 287
Albany , NY , 12237-0660
(518) 473-7016
(800) 522-5006 (“Growing Up Healthy” 24-Hour Hotline)
North Carolina:
Women’s and Children’s Health Section
Division of Public Health
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
1916 Mail Service Center
Raleigh , NC , 27699-1916
North Dakota:
Developmental Disabilities Division
North Dakota Department of Human Services
1237 W. Divide Avenue, Suite 1A
Bismarck , ND , 58501
(701) 328-8936
Bureau of Early Intervention Services
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street, 5th Floor
Columbus , OH , 43215
Special Education Services
Oklahoma State Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 510
Oklahoma City , OK , 73105-4599
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Department
Office of Special Education
Department of Education
255 Capitol Street N.E.
Salem , OR , 97310-0203
Bureau of Early Intervention Services
Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Department of Education and Public Welfare
333 Market Street, 6th Floor
Harrisburg , PA , 17126-0333
Rhode Island:
Department of Human Services
Center for Child and Family Health
600 New London Avenue
Cranston , RI , 02920
South Carolina:
South Carolina First Steps/BabyNet
Concord Building
1300 Sumpter Street, Ste 100
Columbia , SC , 29201
South Dakota:
Birth to Three Connections
Special Education Programs
Department of Education Offices
Office of Educational Services and Supports
700 Governors Drive
Pierre , SD , 57501-2291
(800) 305-3064 (in SD)
(605) 773-3678
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
Tennessee Department of Education
Division of Special Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 7th Floor
Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville , TN , 37243-0375
(800) 852-7157
Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services
Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services
4900 N. Lamar Boulevard
Austin , TX , 78751-2399
(512) 424-6754
(800) 628-5115 (Information & Referral)
[email protected]
Early Intervention Program
Utah Department of Health
P.O. Box 144720
Salt Lake City , UT , 84114-4720
(801) 584-8226
Family, Infant and Toddler Program
Department for Children and Families
Child Development Division
103 S. Main Street
Waterbury , VT , 05671-2901
Child and Family Services
Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services
P.O. Box 1797
Richmond , VA , 23218
(800) 234-1448 (Central Directory for Early Intervention Services)
Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program
Division of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Social and Health Services
P.O. Box 45201
Olympia , WA , 98504-5201
(800) 322-2588
West Virginia:
West Virginia Birth to Three
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health
Bureau of Public Health
350 Capitol Street, Room 427
Charleston , WV , 25301
(800) 642-9704
Division of Long Term Care
Department of Health Services
P.O. Box 7851
Madison , WI , 53707-7851
(800) 642-7837
Early Intervention and Education Program
Developmental Disabilities Division
Department of Health
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 186E
Cheyenne , WY , 82002
(307) 777-6972 (V/TTY)

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