Checking Development

Ages and Stages Clinic

Come and check your child’s development at an upcoming spring or fall Ages and Stages Clinic. Early childhood and health care professionals are available for free appointments during the event. Pre-registration is a must.  For more information, call FAN at 1-855-368-3707.

Next Clinic: Dates TBD

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Check Early – Check Often

Early Developmental Check Ups

Early developmental check up tools gather information in five developmental areas:

  1. Communication (“Am I talking to you?” “Am I hearing you?”)
  2. Gross motor skills (“Am I crawling, rolling over, trying to walk?”)
  3. Fine motor skills (“Can I use a crayon, pick up small objects?”)
  4. Problem solving (“Do I recognize myself in a mirror?”)
  5. Social – Personal (“How do I interact with others?” “How do I express feelings?”)

When you participate in early check ups with your child, she or he will demonstrate their abilities in each of the five developmental areas. There are general age-based milestones that most children will pass through as they grow and learn. With regular developmental checkups, you have a way of tracking your child’s progress.

Prevent Little Bumps From Becoming Big Hurdles

Parents become very skilled at noticing all the little changes that happen as their child begins to learn and grow. Occasionally, a child hits a small bump in one of the developmental areas and could benefit from a little help.

When children get help early it helps to prevent them from falling behind, and from a small bump becoming a larger hurdle. Regular check ups a good way to track your child’s development.

Grandparents Play An Important Role

Nickleplate Park - Rossland, BC

Ages & Stages –

Developmental Check Up Events

One of FAN’s key objectives is to raise awareness about the importance of regularly checking all children from birth to age five for developmental milestones. Our Ages and Stages events, offered in partnership with local early childhood professionals, provide a chance for local families to have a free, one hour appointment to check their child’s development. Families can ask questions during the appointment about topics like eating, sleeping, walking, behaviour and talking.

FAN is committed to offering two Ages and Stages events each year: a Fall Kiro Clinic and a Spring Mobile Clinic.

Ages & Stages Events Schedule

Spring Ages and Stages Clinic

Rotating through our Lower Columbia communities, this clinic will set up at a child-friendly location and offer local families the opportunity to have their children’s development checked. Families appreciate the opportunity to connect to a professional and ask questions about topics like eating, sleeping, behaviour, walking and talking.

Next Clinic: Dates TBD

Fall Ages and Stages Clinic

This event brings several early childhood and health professionals together under one roof for the day. Families can have their children screened for age-based developmental milestones, providing a snapshot of a child’s development at their current age. They can also have a child’s hearing tested, meet with a speech therapist and have a simple dental check.

Next Clinic: Dates TBD

Checking Development Information

Where Can I Get Development Check Ups Done Locally?

Check Early Check Often Check Up Distribution Centres

Children develop at their own pace. Information provided here is a guide. If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to your health care provider, Public Health Nurse or call the Family Action Network at 1-855-368-3707.