Developmental Screening Specialist

Buono Pediatrics & Wellness

Pediatrics located in Millburn, NJ

Every parent has expectations that their children will grow into healthy adults. When you have concerns about your child’s development or difficulties reaching milestones, you can schedule a developmental screening at Buono Pediatrics & Wellness in Millburn, New Jersey. Experienced pediatricians Amy Buono, MD, and Donald Cotler, MD, offer comprehensive developmental screenings and treatment plans to ensure your child enjoys an active, high-quality life. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about the benefits of developmental screenings.

Developmental Screening Q & A

What is the purpose of a developmental screening?

Developmental screenings are built into every well-child exam, however, there may be times when concerns arise outside of their routine check-ups. At these times, a dedicated developmental screening can be beneficial to monitor the growth phases and changes your child is going through as they grow. Screenings are often the best way to identify potential developmental issues that can impact your child’s health and functionality.

Screenings are designed to evaluate and track important milestones in your child’s life, such as:

  • Crawling
  • Walking
  • Speaking
  • Playing
  • Learning

Developmental screenings also address your child’s behaviors and abilities relating to their environment and other people.

When does my child need a developmental screening?

Developmental screenings are a part of your child’s well-check visits. Well-child visits are recommended at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2 ½ years, 3 years and yearly thereafter.

Additional screenings may be necessary if you notice your child isn’t developing as expected or fails to meet certain milestones as they grow.

Early diagnosis and intervention are essential for helping your child overcome issues and thrive. Dr. Buono and Dr. Cotler can create a treatment plan to assist your child in all areas of life, including at home, school, and social activities.

What causes developmental delays in children?

There are a number of factors that can interfere with your child’s development. A few risk factors for developmental delays include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Premature birth
  • Exposure to lead

What happens during developmental screenings?

Dr. Cotler and Dr. Buono use a variety of screening tools and age-appropriate tests to measure your child’s development during an in-office visit. The tests are noninvasive and designed around your child’s age to identify concerns like:

  • Autism
  • Speech delays
  • Learning disability
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

The physicians also discuss your child’s behaviors and activities at home, at school, and while in the care of others. They can listen to any concerns you have about your child reaching certain milestones to determine if additional screenings are necessary.

If you have concerns about your child’s development or need to schedule a routine checkup, call Buono Pediatrics & Wellness today or use the online booking feature to learn more about developmental screenings.