Yakima Developmental Screening

As a new mom, I’ve spent hours poring over parenting handbooks, magazines, web sites and pamphlets I could get my hands on. Combine first-time motherhood jitters and a colicky baby and sometimes I felt like I was going to pull my hair out.

I can remember all the frantic questions rattling around in my sleep-deprived brain…

Is it ok if my son isn’t rolling over at 4-months-old? How many words should he have at a year? Why won’t he eat any vegetables? Does he have texture sensitivity? How can I tell if he is hearing ok?

Thankfully, I had a wonderful primary care physician and family network that helped field my questions, but now, families in Yakima County have another resource

 Children’s Village has a free online developmental screening that parents or caregivers can fill out. Answers are compiled and sent to Children’s Village providers and the family’s primary care physician.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire ( ASQ-3) is a developmental screening tool that looks at all areas of development including: communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal social skills. This questionnaire will ask you to try activities with your child in order to help identify areas of strength and concern.

This pilot project was funded through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Health and Yakima County Department of Human Services.

If you have a concern over your child’s development or know someone who is, please direct them to this free online questionnaire and help ensure that every child in Yakima County who  needs services, receives them.

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