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Ontario's Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit

Information, resources, e-learning modules, events, discussion forums, and online groups related to the enhanced 18-month well-baby visit in Ontario.
your child's enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

new focus on development to improve outcomes

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Eighteen months is a milestone in a child's development and a visit to a family physician or other health care provider at this time is important.

Well-baby visits are a chance for you to see how your child’s development is coming along, and talk with your health care provider about any questions or concerns you might have. You can also get some tips and suggested activities and resources to help encourage your child’s development. Should your child need a little help along the way, the health care provider will be able to make the right referrals. Take this time to educate yourself on the resources currently available to you to help make this visit a meaningful one!

The new enhanced 18-month well-baby visit and this portal funded by the Government of Ontario.

What can I expect at this visit?

babyLike other well-baby visits, you and your health care provider will discuss your child's development. You will complete a checklist, such as the Nipissing District Developmental Screen®, which provides a snapshot of your child's development and a starting point for your discussion. Alongside the checklist is information on typical child development, as well as activities to enhance development. If you'd like to look at the checklist in advance, click here. It is a helpful parent tool that is free online to Ontario residents.

Click here to view the NDDS® video examples.

You should ask any questions you may have about your child's development. For example, you may want to talk about your child's motor or communications skills or behaviour concerns. The visit also allows early identification of any concerns and a referral to specialized community services, if necessary, for your child.

useful websites
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The Caring for Kids website is designed to provide parents with information about their child's health and well-being. The site is developed by the Canadian Paediatric Society—the voice of Canada's 2,000+ paediatricians—so you can be sure the information is reliable.

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The mission of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children. There is a great Encyclopedia resource here as well, put together by leading experts.

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AboutKidsHealth is developed at The Hospital for Sick Children, one of the largest paediatric teaching hospitals in the world. Their goal is to provide families with reliable, current information about child health.

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The ministry’s website has information on programs and services for you including – in the section on Early Childhood – information on on the Best Start program, Ontario Early Years Centres, Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, Hearing, Blindness and Low Vision, and Speech and Language.

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The Centre of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development from the Offord Centre for Child Studies gives you access to important and up-to-date information based on the best scientific research currently available.

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A searchable database providing easy access to community, social, health and related government services in Ontario. Users can search by topic or location making finding local services easy.

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This area of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services website is a place where you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Ontario Early Years Centres. It also features a library of information about the first six years of your child's life, and a map to find your nearest centre.

While You Wait
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This e-learning course was created for parents of newborn children to 2.5 years to provide them with information on the role of attachment and routines in language development, insight into how communication develops from birth, as well as practical strategies to promote your child’s understanding and use of language at home.

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This e-guide was developed by York Region’s Best Start Network to provide parents in Ontario with information and tips to understand and promote their children’s social and emotional development from birth to Grade One.

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Programs for parents while they wait for services.

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Speech and Language tips for parents that they can do at home while waiting for services.

18-Month Well-Baby Visit online program is provided by the machealth.ca website from McMaster University’s Division of e-Learning Innovation. The Government of Ontario does not recommend or endorse any specific brand of products, services, procedures, business, or other information that appears or that may be promoted on the website. The Government of Ontario is not liable for damages of any kind or any other loss incurred in connection with the use, misuse or reliance upon the Website or content. Please review the broader machealth terms of use for the full range of terms, conditions and policies regarding this website.