Helping Your Child Grow and Develop
Children depend on their parents and other caregivers to help them grow and develop. When you know what to expect for each developmental stage, it can be easier to meet your child's needs and understand their behaviour. For information on your child's developmental stage, visit:
Each child is different and will develop at their own pace. This means that some skills will appear early and some will appear later. At each developmental stage, there are age appropriate skills that most children will learn.
What is a Developmental Screen?
A Developmental Screen is a short checklist of some of the most important skills that a child should be able to perform by a particular age. A Developmental Screen is not a diagnostic tool and it is not meant to be a formal assessment of a child's skills, but rather a quick survey to determine any areas that may require some extra help.
What are Nipissing District Developmental Screens™ (NDDS™)?
Nipissing District Developmental Screens™ (NDDS™) are quick and easy checklists of skills typically observed in children of this age. There are 12-22 items that require a "yes" or "no" answer. The checklists will help identify where your child is developing as expected. To receive your free checklist call Health Connection or visit www.NDDS.ca
At what age are the NDDS to be administered?
Use the NDDS at the child's chronological age. If the child falls between two ages, please use the earlier screen, e.g., for a 4½ year old, use the 4-year screen.
What are the benefits of Developmental Screening?
What is the "Activities for your Child" section?
The "Activities for your Child/Baby" section is intended to provide parents/caregivers with some information and activities to enhance their child's/infant's development. If parents/caregivers have questions or concerns about the appropriateness of any activity, please contact a health care or child care professional, such as York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933.
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