access paediatric clinic mclaren vale adelaide
access paediatric clinic mclaren vale adelaide

All children grow and develop at a different pace, so it can be difficult to know if your child is on track. During a child development assessment, we use a play-based approach to assess your child using specialised assessments that have been developed over a long time period.

Listed below are the areas we can assess:

Physical Development (Gross & Fine Motor, Proprioception & Balance)

This is where we look at how your child is able to move their body – for example crawling, walking, running and balancing. We also look at how they use their hands for small tasks, such as eating, playing and writing.

Speech & Communication (Expressive & Receptive Language Skills)

Here we can assess how well your child understands spoken language and how they respond to this. We also review how much they speak, how clear it sounds and if it’s the right amount of complexity for their age.

Social Development

This is where we look at how your child is developing friendships and relationships with the people in their family and community. For example – if you have concerns regarding how your child manages when you leave them, or whether they should have friends by a certain age etc.

Cognitive Development (or Academic)

If you have concerns about how your child draws or writes, and/or their ability to learn reading or maths, we can discuss your concerns and assess whether your child has any additional difficulties that might require a specialised assessment, for example – dyslexia.

Emotional Development

Children’s emotional development in the early years is very much linked with the relationships they have close to them, sometimes known as their “attachments”.  We support you to explore how you and your child are coping with life, and whether this is an area that extra support is required. As children grow and develop into adolescents, they go through many changes in their physical and social development, which can impact on their mental well being. We can review your childs emotional development, and help you decide if further care is needed to help them live their best life.

Eating & Sleeping

All small children have large changes in how they eat and sleep. For example:

Does your baby only want purees and gags on anything else?

Is your toddler refusing to eat anything but chicken nuggets?

Perhaps your baby only falls asleep with you holding them?, and this worries you.

We can help talk through what the normal developmental and emotional needs are for young children, and how we can support them to have these needs met, while also trying to support you in the parenting role.

Vision & Hearing

Although we can perform screening for your childs vision and hearing, if you have particular concerns, we can discuss these and refer you to access a vision or hearing assessment.

General Child Health Concerns & Behaviour

As part of checking development, we can discuss any other concerns that relate to parenting children and their behaviour. Toilet learning (also known as toiler training) is often a concern for parents, and we can help review this and ensure there are no underlying issues. We can review any concerns you have about your childs behaviour, for example – in the way the manage themselves at home and in public. Working together to understand more about the unique child, we can look at any struggles you or child is having in getting through the day, and plan how to assist you with this.

To find out more about Child Development Checks, contact us –