Identifying Developmental Disabilities and Delays in Young Children
THE ROLE OF CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS AND PARTNERS
Child welfare professionals and partners often work with highly vulnerable children and youth—those who have, or are at risk of, developmental disabilities or delays. Early identification of developmental disabilities or delays is critical for a child’s health and well-being. When disabilities and delays are caught early, steps can be taken to improve the child’s short- and long-term outcomes. Early identification and intervention also can reduce family stress and ensure that parents have the help they need to support their children effectively. Child welfare professionals and partners play an important role in this effort.
This brief provides information on the importance of early identification of developmental disabilities and delays and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources and tools can support child welfare professionals, parents, and caregivers in early identification and intervention. Additional resources around early childhood development, screening, and support for parents are also included.