Developmental and Sensory Screening
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension - Gila County and San Carlos Apache Tribe
Your child's first few years are when their brain grows and develops the most. In fact, 90% of a child's brain develops by age 5, before they start kindergarten. Regular hearing, vision, and developmental milestone screening help make sure your child is developing on track and can reach their full potential.
The Developmental and Sensory Screening program, supported by First Things First, provides FREE hearing, vision and developmental milestone screenings for children ages 0-5.
How to Schedule a Screening
1. Contact staff in your region to schedule a hearing, vision or developmental milestone screening.
2. Complete a screening consent form. Please bring the completed form to your screening appointment. You can download the form below or request a form by contacting staff in your region.
3. Learn more about the screening process by reading Getting Your Child Ready for Hearing and Vision Screenings.
4. After the screening, staff will provide you with screening results, answer questions and help you find a healthcare provider if your child needs further evaluation.
Developmental Milestone Activities
Though each child is different, developmental milestones are skills and behaviors most children learn to do by specific ages. Each handout provides fun activities that help your child (age 0-5) work towards important developmental milestones. Try each activity with your child and have fun as a family!
- Playdoh Activities - Download
- Month Match - Download
- Holiday Spiral Tree - Download
- Count with Turkey Feathers - Download
- Are You a Unicorn or Dragon? - Download
- Trace the Letter "A" - Download
- Find the Acorns - Download
- Capital Letter Match - Download
- Draw Your Emotions - Download
- Fine Motor Skills Dice Game - Download
- Color Your Animals - Download
- What Do You Spy? - Download
Developmental Milestones: Though each child is different, developmental milestones are skills and behaviors most children learn to do by a specific age (0-5). Download Handout
Tummy Time: Playing with your toddler while they lay on their stomach can help strengthen muscles, improve motor skills and prepare your toddler to crawl. Download Handout
Hearing and Vision Screening: Regular hearing and vision screenings can help identify and and address sensory challenges for your child. Download Bookmarks
At-Home Activity Videos
Each video provides a fun activity you can do with your child (age 0-5) and work towards important developmental milestones.
- Make an Emotions Cup - Watch Video
- Make a Paper Cup Launcher - Watch Video
- Challenge Your Ears - Watch Video and download the activity sheet
- Activities to Improve Fine Motors Skills - Watch Video
- Make a Sensory Box - Watch Video
- Serve and Return - Watch Video
- Make a Rice Writing Tray - Watch Video
- Color with Water - Watch Video
- Make a Sensory Bag - Watch Video
Interactive storytime videos that feature books perfect for young children (ages 0-5).
- Online Ages and Stages Tool - This FREE First Things First resource helps families make sure their child is meeting typical developmental milestones. View the tool in Spanish
- Arizona Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines - A detailed resource to help parents, families and other caregivers understand and support development for young children (ages 0-3).
- PBS for Parents - Tips and activities for parents/caregivers to help their child learn and grow.