nddsicon_child“Early identification is the first step in early intervention.”


Early identification is the first step in early intervention. The ndds was compiled by a multidisciplinary team as an easy-to-use and affordable checklist that is proactive in identifying problem areas in a child's development.

Affordable. The ndds is a not-for-profit organization focused on making the checklist widely available to parents and professionals. It can be purchased as a set or by individual age.

Easy-to-use. As a simple one-page checklist with convenient yes/no questions and no scoring, the ndds is incredibly easy-to-use for everyone. Each one also features clear illustrations, easy-to-read language, and colour-coding by age.

Time saving. With yes/no questions and no scoring, the ndds takes only minutes to complete. Parents can use pre-existing knowledge of their child's abilities to quickly fill out the checklist.

Comprehensive. The following areas of a child's skills are explored in the ndds: vision, hearing, speech, language, fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, social, emotional and self-help. The ndds examines these skill areas over thirteen developmental stages: 1 & 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 30 months, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years.

Culturally sensitive. All items with cultural considerations are clearly marked to ensure every child's is monitored fairly and accurately.

Available in multiple languages. The ndds is available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, Russian and Farsi.

Syncs with immunization schedule. The key developmental stages covered by the ndds coincide with immunization schedules, providing a convenient reminder for parents.

Encourages interaction. The skills children need to achieve their full potential in life begin to form in the first months and years of life. The ndds encourages interaction between professionals and parents, creating opportunities for professionals to educate parents and establish a dialogue that is essential to a child's development.

Includes activities. Each checklist features a detachable sheet full of activities to enhance a child's development and prepare him/her for the next stage of Development. Each activity is coded with an icon representing a primary area of development including emotional, fine motor, gross motor, learning and thinking, self-help, social, and communication.

Emotional: Encourage a sense of safety and security. Promote the understanding and expression of feelings.

Fine Motor: Promote the development of strength and control of the arms and hands. Encourage hand-eye coordination through play.

Gross Motor: Promote the development of balance, coordination, strength and body awareness through movement.

Learning & Thinking: Promote knowledge, memory, reasoning and perception through the use of touch, smell, taste, hearing and vision.

Self-Help: Promote responsibility in daily activities.

Social: Encourage sharing, turn-taking, cooperation and empathy through imagination and imaginative play, games and interaction.

Communication: Encourage the ability to understand and express information and ideas through sounds, words and gestures.


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