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Milestones matter!  1 in 6 children aged 3-17 have developmental disabilities—conditions that affect how children play, learn, speak, act, or move.  Many children with developmental disabilities are not identified until after starting school.  Early intervention (before school age) can have a significant impact on a child’s ability to learn new skills as well as reduce the need for costly interventions over time. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends both developmental monitoring (also called surveillance) and developmental screening for all children. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental delays or disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. 

The program offers free checklists and other tools to make developmental monitoring practical and early.

Free materials for families and providers include:

Centers for Disease Control website for Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Video: Early Childhood Educators

Video: Pediatricians and Primary Care Providers