Red Flags – A Quick Reference Guide for Early Years Professionals in Ottawa

Early Identification of Red Flags in Child Development from Birth to Age Six

Red Flags: a Quick Reference Guide for Early Years Professionals in Ottawa (Red Flags Guide) is a reference guide designed to assist Early Years Professionalsin determining whether there is a need to refer families or caregivers to seek out additional advice, screening, assessment and/or treatment for their child.

It is not an assessment or diagnostic tool.


The information in the Red Flags Guidehas been provided for professionals working with children up to the age of six years (Early Years Professionals). While every attempt has been made to ensure its accuracy, the information in this document is provided as an as is” basis without warranty or condition.


The Red Flags Guide cannot substitute for the advice, formal assessment and/or diagnosis from professionals trained to properly assess the growth and development of infants, toddlers and children. The intent of this document is to assist Early Years Professionals in determining when to discuss with a family the need to seek out advice and/or treatment. This document should not be used to diagnosis or treat perceived growth or developmental limitations and/or other health care needs.


The Red Flags Guide is not an assessment or diagnostic tool. It does not replace the responsibility of a parent/caregiver to consult their family physician and/or appropriate professionals.


The Red Flags Guide refers to websites, resources and other documents that are created or

used by independent organizations. These references and documents are provided as a public service and do not imply that they have been reviewed, verified and/or validated by the Ottawa Red Flags Task Group.


This document is being provided for the personal, non-commercial use of Early Years Professionals. This document, or the information contained herein, shall not be modified, copied, distributed, reproduced, published, licensed, transferred or sold for a commercial purpose, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the Ottawa Red Flags Task Group through the Best Start Special Needs Working Group.


Red Flags: a Quick Reference Guide for Early Years Professionals in Ottawa


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