Healthcare providers promote children’s developmental health and should conduct regular developmental screenings on children. It is essential for the well-being of children and their families that they get screened and have early access to services and interventions. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months or whenever a parent or provider has a concern. Click here for information and guidelines specifically for healthcare workers.
The CDC’s “Learn The Signs. Act Early.” has information for healthcare providers, including information on screening tools and free educational materials to give to patients. “Learn the signs. Act early.” Materials are not a substitute for standardized and validated developmental screening tools. Click here.
Professionals might find it helpful to have tools on hand from the LTSAE campaign to give to families when explaining about developmental milestones. View a presentation on ways, get tools, and information on how development can be shared with families you work with. More information can be found here.
The Minnesota LEND (Leaderships Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) has a wealth of resources about working with children affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. LEND is an interdisciplinary training program for working with children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities at the University of Minnesota. The program is funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the US Department of Human Services. For neurodevelopmental specific resources and information, please check it out here.
Content adapted from “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/ActEarly)