Skip to Content

COVID-19 Info:  Vaccines | Testing | Visitor GuidelinesStats | More

IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID-19 testing appointments are not available at Cone Health emergency departments or urgent care locations. Click here for testing options.

Developmental Problems: Testing

Overview

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends developmental testing for children at ages 9-, 18-, and 30-months. Specific checks for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are done at ages 18 months and 24 months. The doctor will use developmental tests (questionnaires) and then review your child's results. The doctor will compare your child's abilities with the normal milestones of children of the same age.

At all well-child visits, the doctor will watch for early signs of developmental problems. These can affect how a child can talk, move, concentrate, and socialize.

A child who has signs of developmental delays should be evaluated. These signs include:

  • No babbling, pointing, or other gestures by 12 months.
  • Saying no single words by 16 months.
  • Saying no two-word spontaneous phrases by 24 months, except for repeated phrases (echolalia).
  • Any loss of language or social skills at any age.

If there are no clear signs of problems from the screening tests, most children don't need more evaluation until the next well-child visit.

Children who have a sibling who has ASD need to be screened more often. Along with the normal check-ups at each well-child visit, these children need to be screened for language delays, poor social skills, and other problems that could be a sign of ASD. Some children may need to see a developmental pediatrician after the screening is done.

Anyone who develops problems with socialization, learning, or behavior should be evaluated.

Credits

Current as of: February 10, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Louis Pellegrino MD - Developmental Pediatrics

Wellness Matters

Subscribe to our Wellness Matters e-newsletter, a monthly snapshot of the some of great wellness content from Cone Health providers.

Subscribe Now

Health Library