Child Development Checklist

Is there a three, four or five year old child in your life...who you are concerned is developing differently or is having problems learning?
 
If so, help is available for eligible children.
 
Many future learning difficulties can be altered if the challenges are recognized early and help is made available.
 
The following checklist is a guide to help you determine if you should seek further assistance to benefit your child.
 
Playing...
 
Does your child play near other children by age 3?
Does your child join other children briefly in play by age 3?
Does your child imitate adults doing routine chores by age 2 to 3?
Does your child enjoy playing alone with toys, pots and pans, sand, etc. by age 3?
Does your child share and take turns by age 5?
 
Talking...
 
Does your child say his/her first and last name by age 3?
Does your child ask "what" or "where" questions by age 3?
Does your child repeat common rhymes or TV jingles by age 3?
Does your child talk in short sentences by age 4?
By age 5 can people outside your family understand your child?
 
Moving...
 
Is your child able to kick a ball by age 3?
Can your child run by age 3?
Does your child walk up and down steps by age 3?
Is your child able to balance on one foot for short time by age 4?
Can your child throw a ball overhand and catch a large ball bounced to him/her by age 5?
 
Thinking...
 
Does your child understand simple directions by age 3?
Does your child associate functional use with familiar objects (as a spoon is for eating) by age 3?
Does your child understand simple stories told or read to him/her by age 3?
Does your child give reasonable answers to such questions as "What do you do when you are sleepy"? or "What do you do when you're hungry?" by age 4?
Does your child seem to understand the meanings of the words "today", "tomorrow", and "yesterday" by age 5?
 
Listening...
 
Does your child respond to common indoor sounds (telephone, doorbell) or outdoor sounds (cars, airplanes)?
Does your child respond when you call from another room?
 
If you said no to several items above and have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age whom you suspect may have a developmental delay, please contact your local school district's child study team office or your county's supervisor of child study, listed below.
 
If you said yes to several items listed below and have a child between the ages of 3 and 5 years of age whom you suspect may have a developmental delay, please contact your local school district's child study team office or your county's supervisor of child study, listed below.
 
Looking...
 
Does your child frequently rub his/her eyes or complain that their eyes hurt?
Does your child have reddened, watering or encrusted eyelids?
Does your child hold his/her head in a strained or awkward position (tilts head to either side, thrusts head forward or backward) when trying to look at objects?
Does your child sometimes or always cross one or both eyes?
 
Listening...
 
Does your child have frequent earaches or ear discharge?
Does your child turn the same ear toward a sound he/she wishes to hear?
 
Who Can Help?
 
You may wish to arrange for a free preschool evaluation in order to determine if a special education program would benefit your child.
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Robbinsville Public School District Department of Special Services 609-632-0944 ext. 4412
 
or
Project CHILD FIND
1-800-322-8174
 
or
Your County Supervisor of Child Study:
 
Atlantic County  609-625-0004 Ext. 44
Bergen County   201-336-6875
Burlington County 609-265-5938
Camden County  856-401-2400
Cape May County  609-465-7911 Ext. 1282
Cumberland County  856-453-0422
Essex County  973-857-5700
Gloucester County   856-468-6500 Ext.72
Hudson County  201-319-3850
Hunterdon County  908-788-1414
Mercer County   609-588-5873
Middlesex County  732-249-2900
Monmouth County  732-431-7812
Morris County  973-285-8336
Ocean County  732-929-2078
Passaic County  973-569-2110
Salem County  856-935-7510
Somerset County  908-231-7171
Sussex County  973-579-6996
Union County  908-654-9860
Warren County  908-475-6327
 
Project CHILD FIND is a service of the New Jersey State Department of Education to help identify unserved handicapped children birth to 21 years of age.  Project CHILD FIND is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Education.
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