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Being on Track for Development

Learn about how to track your child's development to determine if they may need extra help.

Children are growing and changing rapidly in the first few years of their life. The development of a child’s physical, emotional, social, thinking and communication skills are all dependent upon one another and are linked to their later success in school and work. Parents can help ensure that their child is meeting all their important milestones by tracking their child’s development.

Identifying and responding to a child's developmental needs as early as possible can make a big difference.

Advantages for your child

Advantages for parents and caregivers

Use a developmental screen such as the LookSee Checklist (formerly NDDS). It is a quick checklist that will help you determine if there are any areas in your child's development that may require extra help.

The checklist includes some of the key skills most children should master by a specific age.

There is a LookSee Checklist (formerly NDDS) for 13 key stages of development, from 1 month - 6 years of age. The checklists are available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian and Farsi.

If your child falls between two screen ages then use the earlier checklist e.g. if your child is 3.5 years of age then use the 3 year checklist.

If you have checked one or more “No” responses in the survey, your child may benefit from extra help.

Consult with Halton Region. We can provide you with information and resources to support children and families.

Alternatively, talk to your healthcare provider about your concerns.