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Children Developmental Red Flags
Who do I need to talk to about my Child’s Development?

Speech Therapy

  • Being understood by family, caregivers, or individuals whom they do not associate regularly
  • Transitioning from bottle to open mouth cup or sucking through as straw
  • Transitioning between different food stages such as from pureed foods to solids
  • Following directions
  • Paying attention for more than 5 minutes during play with a book or toy
  • Playing with toys appropriately, taking turns, playing pretend, or using imaginary play with toys
  • Gaining and using new vocabulary
  • Speaking in sentences
  • Showing eye contact when spoken to
  • Chewing, biting, or holding foods in mouth for long periods of time
  • Speaking too loudly or softly
  • Playing with other children
  • Answering simple questions or retelling information

Occupational Therapy

  • Moving arms and hands freely to play with objects
  • Grasping and releasing objects
  • Holding a crayon
  • Stacking blocks
  • Copying shapes or scribbling
  • Doing puzzles
  • Doing puzzles
  • Snipping/cutting with scissors
  • Self-feeding (drinking from a cup, using a spoon)
  • Trying new foods (extremely picky eater)
  • Getting dressed (managing zippers, buttons, snaps, shoe laces)
  • Holding a pencil with a mature grasp
  • Forming letters or writing legibly
  • Demonstrating short attention to task
  • Transitioning to a new location or activity
  • Learning new activities and tolerating changes in routine
  • Calming themselves down appropriately
  • Bathing or grooming (brushing teeth, brushing hair, cutting hair/nails)
  • Being always “on the go”
  • Being slow to respond
  • Doesn’t enjoy messy play/touching different textures(grass,carpet,sand,etc)

Physical Therapy

  • Tolerating tummy time
  • Pushing up on arms and lifting head while on tummy
  • Rolling from belly to back, and vice versa
  • Sitting or standing without support
  • Walking, running, or jumping
  • Going up and down steps easily
  • Transitioning from sitting to standing, either from a chair or from the floor
  • “Keeping up” while playing with other kids their age
  • Demonstrating episodes of joint or muscle pain
  • Catching, throwing, or kicking a ball
  • Successfully completing jumping jacks, galloping or skipping
  • Participating in heavy play for longer than 30 minutes without stopping to rest
Call today to speak to one of our licensed therapists for a free screen to see if we can help your child’s development!

What to expect when I call for a FREE screen?

What is a Therapeutic Screen?
  • A Screening is a brief 5 minute set of questions and observations used to assess whether a child would benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. Screenings are NOT comprehensive enough to indicate a delay OR qualify a child for therapy
How long does a screening take?
  • A screening is a brief 5-10 minute conversation and/or behavioral observation with the child, parent and therapist.
What is the difference between a screening and a consultation?
  • A consultation takes place via phone prior to coming in to the clinic. Prior to taking a trip to the clinic, one of our licensed therapists can tell you if the child’s behaviors are typical developmental for his age.
Who provides the screening?
  • Based on the area of concern, one of Pediatric Boulevard’s licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists or Physical Therapistswould provide a free screening.
What happens if my child fails the screen?
  • If a child does not pass a screening, it DOES NOT qualify them for therapy. It would only indicate the need for a more comprehensive evaluation. If your child does not pass the screening then he/she may be fine. Please remember that a screening is a brief look at a child. Sometimes children are shy and do not answer the therapists questions.
Does my child need a screen or evaluation?
  • After speaking with one of our licensed therapist regarding a screening, an evaluation may be suggested to provide a more comprehensive lookat your child. Our licensed therapist will suggest which is best following your initial phone consultation.
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