Pre-Screening Checklist

This pre-screening chart for children aged birth to six is a quick, organized way of helping you to recognize possible problems related to vision, hearing and development.


WHAT: These charts are not intended to be a developmental test. The charts will help you recognize areas that deserve a second look by a professional who can complete a developmental test.

WHO: The chart may be used by anyone who works with young children including parents, child care providers, case workers, and preschool staff.

HOW: Locate the child’s age on the chart. Read the activities listed in that section. Watch and listen as the child plays. Can the child do the activities? It is important that the child has the time, space, and materials needed for each activity. You may wish to watch and listen to a child over several days. You are looking for what the child does typically. Do not use the chart when the child is ill, tired or irritable. Each age section lists activities that most children will be able to do sometime between the first age and the second age in that section. For example, by 12 months, most children will be able to do all the listed activities in the 6 to 12 months section. However; most children will not be able to do all of these things at 6 months.

WHAT NEXT: If the child does not do some activities listed for her/his age level, discuss this with his/her parents. If you are a parent, discuss your concerns with your child’s pediatrician for more information and possible referral.