• Early Warning Signs

    The following benchmarks are offered to assist parents in identifying a problem in their child's development as early as possible. Parents with questions or concerns regarding their child's development are urged to call 484-237-5150 or complete an online referral form (English or Spanish).

    Your child may have trouble SEEING if he or she:

    • is often unable to locate and pick up small objects
    • frequently rubs his or her eyes or complains that they hurt
    • holds his or her head in a strained or awkward position (tilts head to either side - thrusts head forward or backward) when trying to look at a particular person or object

    Your child may have trouble TALKING if he or she:

    • cannot say "mama" and "dada" by age 1
    • cannot say the names of a few toys and people by age 2
    • is not talking in three or four-word sentences by age 3
    • is not understood by people outside the family by age 4
    • does not make up a short story and tell it by age 5

    Your child may have trouble PLAYING if he or she:

    • does not play games such as "peek-a-boo" and "pat-a-cake" or wave "bye-bye" by age 1
    • does not imitate parents doing routine household chores by age 2 to 3
    • does not enjoy playing alone with toys, pots, and pans by age 3
    • does not play group games such as hide-and-seek, tag, or ball with other children by age 4
    • does not share and take turns by age 5

    Your child may have trouble THINKING if he or she:

    • does not react to his/her name when called by age 1
    • is unable to identify hair, eyes, ears, nose and mouth by pointing to them by age 2
    • does not understand simple stories by age 3
    • does not give reasonable answers to such questions as "What do you do when you are sleepy?" or "What do you do when you are hungry?" by age 4
    • does not understand the meaning of the words "today," "tomorrow," "yesterday" by age 5

    Your child may have trouble HEARING if he or she:

    • does not turn to face the source of strange sounds or voices by six months of age
    • talks in a very loud or very soft voice
    • does not respond if you call from another room
    • turns the same ear toward a sound he or she wishes to hear

    Your child may have trouble MOVING if he or she:

    • is unable to sit up without support by age 1
    • cannot walk without help by age 2
    • does not walk up and down steps by age 3
    • is unable to balance on one foot for a short time by age 4
    • cannot throw a ball overhand and catch a large ball bounced by age 5
     
    CCIU can help. Request a free screening with a professional educator who can evaluate your child's needs.
     
     
    Phone: 484-237-5150
    Online: English or Spanish