Developmental Screening

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Developmental Screening services offered in Spokane, WA

Developmental screenings offer insight into your child’s early development with learning, communication, and language. At Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane, Jenn Kalisvaart, MD, FAAP, Kim Resleff, ARNP, and the team in Spokane, Washington, provide developmental evaluations that can help diagnose conditions like autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. To schedule a developmental screening, call Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane to book an appointment.

Developmental Screening Q&A

What is a developmental screening?

Developmental screenings check many aspects of your child’s growth and mental development. The screening involves a detailed questionnaire about your child’s learning and tracks the milestones your child meets. 

A developmental screening from Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane can evaluate the following of your child:

  • Language
  • Movements
  • Behaviors
  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Communication

The team makes sure your child’s stage of development aligns with the average child of the same age. They can use these developmental screenings to detect discrepancies that may indicate an underlying condition affecting your child’s development. 

Which conditions can developmental screenings detect?

Developmental screenings aren’t just for diagnostic purposes. They simply provide a way for you to track your child’s mental and behavioral growth over time, which can be helpful for detecting areas where your child needs extra assistance.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that developmental screenings can help detect. In fact, Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane is certified as a Center of Excellence in the diagnosis of autism. 

Autism spectrum disorder presents differently among individuals with a wide range of symptoms. The condition can impact how your child communicates, their understanding of the world, and their learning. 

Developmental screenings may lead to other behavioral health diagnoses in children, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or learning disorders that affect their performance in school. If the team makes any diagnoses, they inform you of what treatment may entail. 

When does my child need developmental screenings?

Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane's team conducts developmental screenings at each well child check and also in-between these visits if there are concerns. In keeping with recommended screening guidelines, they also conduct autism-specific developmental screenings during wellness visits when your child is 18 months old and again when they reach age 2. 

For more information about autism and developmental screenings, call Centennial Pediatrics of Spokane today.