Common Questions from Parents (DESKSIDE REFERENCE SIDE 2)


Do I have to do this?  No. If you prefer not to, we can just move on.

Why are you asking me these questions?   Thinking about how a child plays, speaks, acts and moves is just as important as tracking his or her height and weight. Height and weight can be indicators of healthy growth, just like these milestones can be indicators of healthy development.

I already filled out a checklist (here/at the doctor’s office/at daycare). Do I have to do it again? Children grow and change quickly at this early age so it’s a great idea to do this kind of checklist frequently. It’s a good way to make sure a child is on track. Note: If a child already has been diagnosed with a developmental delay or is receiving specialized services for developmental concerns (e.g., speech/language therapy, early childhood special education, or other early intervention like speech therapy), there is no need for the parent to complete a checklist or for a referral to the doctor. Often this can be indicated in a child’s record so the checklists are not brought up with the parent in the future.

Who is sponsoring this program?  WIC provides oversight for this program. (A state would add their identifying information here if appropriate) is also supporting the program. This program was originally developed with the WIC program in Missouri, in partnership with the University of Missouri and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a federal agency interested in the health of children and families.

Where can I go for more information on this project or to comment on this project?  Contact (person’s name) for more information. You can call or email at (telephone number and e mail address).


What is a developmental milestone?    A developmental milestone is a skill that most children can do by a certain age. For example, most children can say “mama” or “dada” by their first birthday. These checklists have been developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. Program and are adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Caring for Your Baby and Young Child and Bright Futures publications.

Where can I go for more information on developmental milestones?  Additional sources of information include:

What do I do if my doctor isn’t responsive to my concerns?

  • Acting early on concerns is the best way to help your child and you are doing the right thing; you know your child better than anyone
  • If your doctor tells you to “wait and see” and you feel uneasy about that advice, you can seek a second opinion with another doctor
  • You can also call [insert org name and number here] to find out if you child might qualify for services to help. You do not need a doctor’s referral to do so.

How quickly do I need to contact my child’s doctor? Is this an emergency? Can it wait until our next well-child visit? While not an emergency, developmental concerns should be addressed promptly. Please see your child’s doctor before your next WIC appointment. If your next well-child check-up with the doctor is more than a month away, don’t wait. Call and get a sooner appointment scheduled.