Identifying developmental delays early is the first step in early intervention and support for children and their families. The Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) is an affordable, easy-to-use tool that parents, caregivers and health professionals can use to identify problem areas in a child’s development.
The NDSS checklist questions help users learn more about a child’s development in the following areas: vision, hearing, speech, language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, social, emotional and self-help.
Nipissing District Development Screens are available for babies/children 0 to 6 years of age. You can register to receive and complete screening tools electronically at the Electronic Nipissing District Development Screens website.
Also, the NDSS encourages interaction between parents and their children by including activities that will help a child develop and prepare to move to the next stage of development.
As children grow and develop, it is important to revisit home safety often and to think about injury prevention. Remember, injuries often happen as children reach new development milestones and accomplish new skills. Keep your children safe at every stage - visit the Parachute Canada website to search for the resource 'Safe Kids at Every Stage'. It is available for ages:
- Safe kids at every stage : 0 to six months
- Safe kids at every stage : Six to 12 months
- Safe kids at every stage : One to two years
- Safe kids at every stage : Three to five years
If you have any concerns regarding your baby’s growth and development, please speak to your health care provider or your local Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Public Health Nurse.