What tests are used to diagnose developmental delay?
Most children are screened for developmental skills by their primary care provider during well-child visits at 9, 18, 24 and 30 months. Primary care providers are also a great first resource for any questions or concerns parents might have about development. If those initial screenings indicate a child may need more testing, primary care physicians often refer to a specialist for more intensive diagnostic testing.
Seeing a specialist for developmental delay
During a full diagnostic test of development at Children’s Hospital Colorado, a specialist will test your child’s cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, expressive and receptive language, social and daily living skills using standardized tests. These tests are non-invasive and won’t cause any pain to a child. In fact, many of these tests seem like games to children.
In addition to this developmental screening process, a child’s hearing and vision should be tested to make sure that these are not contributing to a child’s slower skill development.
In some cases, doctors at Children’s Colorado may recommend additional medical tests based on your child’s history, physical examination and results of developmental testing. These tests may include a blood test or imaging test. During these tests, doctors will try to determine if there are ongoing medical issues that could be contributing to the delays.