Early Development Screenings Specialist

Raintree Healthcare

Primary Care Practices & Pediatric Care located in Allen, TX

Autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other developmental issues in children are common, but proper treatment helps them thrive in their environment. At Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, primary care physicians Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the expert team offer early development screenings to diagnose your child’s condition and create a personalized treatment plan. To learn more about early development screenings, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Early Development Screenings Q&A

What are early development screenings?

Development screenings are health screenings in children that can detect delays or abnormalities in growth and development. These screenings help detect:

  • Autism
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Speech delays
  • Cognitive problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Motor skill delays
  • Social or emotional abnormalities
  • Growth delays
  • Hearing or vision problems

Autism involves a wide array of challenges with communication and social and emotional skills. Kids with ADHD or ADD have difficulty paying attention, which can affect their grades at school, behavior, and interpersonal relationships.

Detecting developmental issues early allows you and your doctor to find treatments that help your child thrive in school or other social situations, and overcome developmental delays.

What happens during early development screenings?

When you and your child arrive at a development screening appointment at Raintree Healthcare, the provider evaluates your child’s height, weight, and growth. 

They complete a physical exam by evaluating your child’s ears, eyes, nose, throat, abdomen, limbs, reflexes, breathing, and heartbeat. Your doctor also asks questions about developmental milestones.

They might screen your child for hearing delays, vision issues, speech problems, and social, emotional, cognitive, fine motor, and gross motor delays. Your provider may recommend blood tests or imaging procedures to detect or rule out other medical issues.

Will my child require treatment?

Your Raintree Healthcare expert uses results from developmental assessments to diagnose your child’s condition if they have one. If they are growing and developing normally, no treatment is needed.

If your child shows signs of delays or abnormalities, however, your doctor might recommend one or more of the following treatments.

  • Medications or dietary supplements
  • Dietary changes
  • Other lifestyle adjustments
  • Physical therapy
  • Hearing loss treatments
  • Vision correction
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Social or behavioral therapy
  • Trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS)

Encourage your child to maintain structure and routine in their life so they can thrive at school, home, and in relationships. Examples include setting a regular bedtime, not missing school, and doing daily chores or homework at specific times.

What is the outlook for my child if they have a developmental delay?

Many children can outgrow developmental delays over time with early treatment, while others can learn to effectively cope with learning disabilities throughout their lifespan.

If you suspect your child has a developmental delay or you’d like to be proactive with an early development screening, schedule an appointment with Raintree Healthcare over the phone or online today.