Womack Army Medical Center’s Educational and Developmental Intervention Services, with Fort Bragg Schools held their bi-annual developmental screenings for military children from birth to 5 years of age, Oct. 20 and 22.

The two-day screening is an early intervention step. It helps parents of military children with concerns identify any possible developmental delays. Functional vision and hearing tests were also conducted.

The ages and stages questionnaire, used by EDIS, helps determine if a child is learning the basic skills appropriate for their age or if there are any delays. Topics discussed in the questionnaire cover developmental milestones for each age group.

Attending development screenings gives parents a chance to ask questions and discuss any possible concerns.

“The maturity rate between boys and girls is different, even fraternal twins can develop differently from one another. It can cause questions in parents about whether their child is experiencing delays or not,” said Brandy Elbinger, Fort Bragg Schools instructional systems specialist.

“As a parent, you should always feel comfortable to ask about your child’s development, at school or physician level,” she added.

There are three possible outcomes of a screening: no concern (no follow-up needed), small concern (revisit in six months) and concern (referral for full evaluation).

Children who are referred for full evaluation will be tested in five domains of child development including:

Communication skills

Cognitive skills (which evaluates conceptualization and reasoning);

Social/emotional skills (the ability to sustain relationships/friendships with adults and peers);

Motor skills;

Self-care skills.

Based upon the results of the evaluation, observation and information shared, the team, including the Family, determines if the child and Family are eligible for early intervention services from EDIS.

EDIS provides services to support Families on Fort Bragg of children with developmental delays, disabilities, or special learning needs.

It delivers early intervention services to eligible children, from birth to 3 years old, and their Families in domestic and overseas areas.

Children from birth to 3 years old, who live off post, identified with delays are referred to their county of residence for assistance. Children from 3 to 5 years of age are referred to their school for aid.

Regular well-child visits also allow parents and their pediatrician to keep track of, or monitor, a child’s health and development through periodic developmental screening.

For more information about EDIS, call 907-3347 or visit https://www.edis.army.mil/index.html.