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Tracking Your Child’s Development

Why is it important to track my child’s development?

  • Identifying and responding to your child’s developmental needs as early as possible can make a big difference.

Advantages for your child:

  • Access important services and supports early
  • Improve key skills needed to support learning
  • Feeling good about themselves

Advantages for parents:

  • Learn about activities that you can do with your child to support his/her development
  • Discover community services and supports
  • Increase your confidence knowing that you are doing everything you can for your child
  • Having a sense that you are not alone

How can I track my child’s development?

  • A ‘Developmental Screen’ such as the LookSee Checklist by NDDS
  • It is a quick survey that looks at the key skills most children should master at a specific age
  • It can help you determine if there are any areas of your child’s development that may need extra help
  • There is a checklist for 13 key stages of development, from 1 month – 6 years of age
    • 1 & 2 months
    • 4 months
    • 6 months
    • 9 months
    • 12 months
    • 15 months
    • 18 months – important
    • 2 years
    • 30 months
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
  • If your child falls between 2 ages, use the earlier checklist (e.g. for a 4.5 year old, use the NDDSTM for a 4 year old)
  • There is no need to adjust for prematurity

How can I get a Looksee Checklist?

How will I know if my child needs extra help?

  • If you have checked 1 or more “no” responses, your child may benefit from extra help.

What should I do if I’ve checked 1 or more “No” responses?

  • Consult with a nurse on the Maternal and Child Health team at the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit.
    • Simcoe: 519-426-6170
    • Caledonia: 905-318-6623
      we can provide you with information and resources to support children and families
  • Talk to your health care and/or childcare provider about concerns.