New research from British Columbia Children’s Hospital and University of British Columbia has found that “two quick, low-cost tests can identify childhood developmental delays.” The report of these findings were described in a recent Science Daily article in which the principal investigator and psychologist, Dr. Marjolaine Limbos, reminds parents that “only 30% of children with developmental delays are identified before they enter school…and most experts would agree that we should be identifying those delays earlier through regular screening.”

Those two tests, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS), are not administered routinely by Canadian family physicians.  Those doctors are concerned about having enough time to administer those tests and they haven’t been validated in a physician’s office.  However, these researchers contend that the PEDS takes five minutes for parents to complete, and the ASQ takes about 15 minutes for parents to recall their child’s ability to perform certain tasks, requiring very little actual staff time.   If developmental delays are identified, the doctor and parents can determine a treatment plan with referrals to specialists for treatment.

Ask your child’s pediatrician about these two tests for your child aged between one and five years old.  Addressing any developmental delays early may improve your child’s chances of academic success in school.  Small delays grow significantly with every passing year.  Give your son a better chance at success.

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