Annual "well child" Check-ups

Annual "Well Child" check-up:
A “well child” check-up should include a developmental screening test.  If your child’s healthcare provider does not routinely check your child with such a test, insist that it be done. If your child receives Medicaid services, this annual check up is known as the  EPSDT, or Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at:
  • 9 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 or 30 months
The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that children be screened for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Ask your child’s doctor about your child’s developmental screening.

Your personal observations and concerns about your child’s development are essential in helping to screen your child as effectively as possible. Remember, you are the expert on your child. Review family videos, photos, and baby albums to help you remember when each behavior was first noticed and when your child reached certain developmental milestones. It is important that you know what milestones are expected at each stage of development.

If, following the screening process or during a routine “well child” check-up, your child’s doctor sees any of the possible indicators of ASD, further evaluation is indicated.

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