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Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Tips for Concerned Parents and Caregivers

If you have concerns regarding your child's development and would like to have your child screened or evaluated, it can be helpful to:

  • Observe your child's development in relation to other children of the same age (e.g., at childcare, preschool)
  • Talk with your child's primary care physician, early care provider, and family members to see if they have any concerns
  • Take notes or "data" based on observations you have made of your child
  • Give examples of concerning behaviors when discussing them with service providers
  • Trust your instincts
  • Request a developmental screening or evaluation
  • Be persistent if others doubt your concerns—parents are their child's best advocates!
  • Download the CDC's Milestones checklist appropriate for your child's age to help you know what skills to consider

Education for Parents and Caregivers

The following free educational materials are available through the CDC's website and may be helpful for parents and caregivers to review if they suspect their child shows signs of a delay or developmental disability: