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General Explanation

Difference between Milestone Checking at the initial visit and revisits

How to do the Milestone Checking

General Explanation

Milestone Checking records your child’s current achievements in the following functional areas: Vision, Hearing and Understanding, Tactile, Movement, Speech, and Hand Function. One function is checked completely by asking all the questions relevant to your child’s current chronological age and developmental level in that functional area. Each of the other functions are then checked in the same manner.

In the first 12 months, there are three milestones to be checked for each month in each functional area. Each milestone has its own code. For example, V3.1 refers to the first milestone in the third month of Vision development, M5.2 is the second milestone in the fifth month of Movement development, and so on. There are two milestones per month from 13-18 months, one per month from 19-24 months, and one for every three months from 25-36 months.

You do not need to complete all of the milestone checks in one session – in fact, this will usually not be possible with a young baby. You simply go as far as you can whilst your baby or toddler is awake and cooperative, and then return at another time to finish the checking. The system will know where you have left off, and when you return you will resume from that point. You also have the option of printing the milestone check, doing the check when you are offline, and then returning later to Developing Childhood to enter the results. However, please note: it is important to complete the milestone checking in the shortest time possible, preferably within a couple of days. If you take any longer than this, there will be too much time elapsed between the early and later checks, and this may lead to an unclear picture of your child’s current developmental level.

Once you have completed all of the milestone checking, the information that you have entered will be processed, and you then will be taken to the Reports Page. Here you will be able to view your child’s Developing Update, completed Milestone Chart, and the Developing Strategies relevant to your child’s current developmental level.

Difference between Milestone Checking at the initial visit and revisits

Initial Visit

At the first visit, there are more milestones to be checked than on subsequent visits. For example, if your child is 7 months old, all the milestones up to that month, and possibly some above, need to be checked. Initially, you will be asked to nominate your child’s highest developmental level in each functional area. This establishes the starting point for the milestone checking of that function. The answers to some of the questions will automatically provide the answer to other related milestone checks. For example, if you answer “Complete” to the milestone check “Crawling around house on hands and knees”, the following milestones would also be automatically marked as complete: “Initial forward movement on hands and knees”, “Balancing & rocking on hands & knees for 2-3 minutes”, and “Initial balance on hands and knees”. Since your baby is crawling on hands and knees, [HE/SHE] would be able to do these related milestones. This streamlines the milestone checking process, reducing the number of milestones that need to be checked. It also explains why the completed Milestone Chart (which you will see at the conclusion of the milestone checking) will show some milestones marked as “Complete” even though you may not have directly checked that particular milestone.

Revisit

Each time you return to developingchildhood.com, there are several things that need to be checked. Firstly, any milestones that were marked as “Not yet complete” at the previous visit need to be checked again to see if they have now been completed. Then the milestones that were given as “Upcoming Milestones” at the previous visit need to be checked to see if they have been completed. Also, any new milestones that have been achieved in this period in addition to the upcoming milestones will also be checked.

How to do the Milestone Checking

Each milestone check requires that you provide a “Complete” or “Not yet complete” answer by clicking on the appropriate button. With some milestones, you may already know the answer just from reading the question, and with others you may need some more information. If more details are required, you can click on “View the full instructions”, and you will then be taken to the Instructions screen. If you are still unsure after reading these instructions, for most milestones you can click on the video icon to view a short video that shows how to do the milestone check. Once you have read the instructions and/or viewed the video, click on “Back to Milestone Check” where you then answer the milestone question by clicking on either “Complete” or “Not yet complete”. If this is your first visit to Developing Childhood, the next milestone to be tested will automatically appear. On subsequent visits, you will be shown a list of all the milestones that need to be checked in each functional area. For example, when you have finished checking Vision, you will then see a screen than says “Well done, you have completed all the Vision milestone checks! Now, click here to begin checking the Auditory milestones”. When you click on “click here”, you will then be taken to the Auditory milestones check. You will proceed in this manner until you have finished the Hand Function check, and then you will see a screen that says “You have completed all functions for this period. Click here to view Bobby's progress”. When you click on “click here”, you will be taken to the My Reports section.

Remember, you do not need to complete all of the milestone checks in one session – in fact, in most cases this will not be possible with a young baby. Instead, you go as far as you can whilst your baby or toddler is awake and cooperative, and then return at another time to finish the checking. The system will know where you have left off, and when you return you will resume from that point. You also have the option of printing the milestone check, doing the check when you are offline, and then returning later to developingchildhood.com to enter the results. However, please note: it is important to complete the milestone checking in the shortest time possible, preferably within a couple of days. If you take any longer than this, there will be too much time elapsed between the early and later checks, and this may lead to an unclear picture of your child’s current developmental level.