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Getting Ready for this Visit

MP900430644.JPGWrite down your questions. Share your child's new accomplishments and fully participate in this visit as a partner in your child's health.

Children with special needs: Discuss how things are going for you and your child—concerns or support services. If he was in Early Intervention, he may be moving to school-based services. Make plans to change from your IFSP to an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Mention treatments or visits to specialists.

At this age, your child may:

  • Eat and dress with little help
  • Play elaborate pretend games
  • Carry on conversations with 2-3 sentences spoken together
  • Speak clearly so others understand
  • Know how to use crayons, balls, spoons
  • Ride a tricycle
  • Walk up stairs alternating feet
  • Be toilet-trained during the day


What's Important for this Visit

YOUR questions and concerns are the #1 priority! Your health care provider may also discuss:

  • Family support: Handling strong emotions; learning to calm anger; building sibling relationships

  • Reading and learning new worlds: Encouraging your child to tell you stories

  • Playing with peers: Learning to take turns; enjoying pretend play with friends

  • Promoting physical activity: Enjoying physical activity as a family; limiting TV, video, and DVD screen time

  • Safety: Ensuring car safety; protecting from falls and other accidents, including those with guns or other firearms


The 3 Year Visit: What To Expect

Your health care provider will check your child from head to toe; measure height, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), and blood pressure; talk with her; ask questions to see how she is developing, and ask about changes in your family. Carry out screening tests: vision, others as needed.

  • Immunizations: See chart for any needed at this age.