According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ALL children need both developmental monitoring and developmental screening. 
Taking a first step, waving “bye-bye” and pointing to something interesting are all developmental milestones, or things most children can do by a certain age. Children reach many milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move. Developmental monitoring and developmental screening are ways to look for your child’s developmental milestones. 
You- parents, grandparents, and/ or caregivers- can monitor your child’s development by looking at age-expected milestones. By doing so you can learn what to expect and identify any concerns early. You can find easy, free checklists at
While you monitor your child’s development, you might find that your child may need more help with his/ her development. Some developmental delays may not be obvious to your pediatrician, and therefore a developmental screening is crucial. 
The Educational and Developmental Intervention Services ARMY program (EDIS) has developmental specialists that can conduct free developmental screenings, using a formal, validated screening tool called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire. A formal developmental will let us know if a comprehensive evaluation is required.  
If your child is between birth and 36 months of age, is a dependent of an Active Duty or AGR member assigned to Puerto Rico, and you would like to have a developmental screening, call the ARMY EDIS Program at (787) 707-2165/ 2167 to make an appointment with a developmental specialist.