What is Developmental Screening?
We want all children to have the tools and support they need to reach their full potential. Developmental screening helps ensure children with delays have timely access to the resources they need. We provide clinicians with onsite, no-cost training to integrate developmental screening within well-child care.
Developmental screening involves parent-physician partnerships ‒ an important concept in medical homes. Early screening helps identify if supports and interventions are needed, sooner rather than later.
During developmental screenings, parents often complete a questionnaire about how their child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. The completed questionnaire is scored by clinic staff. Using the results, the physician and family members can discuss the child’s strengths and potential areas of need. Developmental screening is designed to open doors to supports and services that help children thrive.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened at 9-months, 18-months and 24-or 30-months of age, as well as any time a parent or a physician has a concern about a child’s development.
Developmental Screening Tools Training
This 60-minute session, based on the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on developmental screening (2006), is delivered onsite at your clinic or agency and is designed to promote the early identification of and timely referral for children with delays.
Professionals learn about and receive a copy of Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3, a validated developmental screening tool, and Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised with Follow-Up, a validated autism specific screening instrument. In addition, community partners serving children with delays and their families will share information about their programs. This activity is designated for up to 1.0 hours of participation for CME for physicians and nurse practitioners. To schedule a training at your site, please contact Naomi Kowald.
The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program and the Maternal Child Health Program located in the Division of Public Health.