Help Me Grow Alaska is committed to the goal of universal standardized developmental screening for all of Alaska's kids.
Developmental screening is a standardized set of questions about different aspects of a child's abilities including language, movement, thinking, behavior and emotions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends every child be screened at 9, 18 and 24-30 months or whenever a caregiver has a concern. Going through the process of a developmental screen can be both fun and educational. Many tools use activities children already engage in or view as games to assess milestones. When done with a caregiver, it can give ideas for new activities to try with your child as well as help you to understand the types of skills your child may be developing at each new stage.
It is important to ensure your child receives screening both so you as a caregiver can help encourage health development, and also to find potential areas to monitor or of concern early. Many potential delays, if caught early,
Some medical and child care providers offer screening on a regular basis as a part of well child checks or through their programmatic curriculum. If your child has not been screened, you can access screening for free through Help Me Grow Alaska.
There are many validated tools for developmental screening. Help Me Grow Alaska uses the Ages and Stages Questionnaire version 3 both on paper and online. Click on the buttons on this page to access an online screening, or call one of our care coordinators to be mailed a paper copy.
Looking for more resources on developmental screening? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about developmental monitoring, screening and evaluation as well as many tools to support parents in doing developmental monitoring at home: CDC Developmental Monitoring and Screening Page.