Parents want and expect information on child development, as demonstrated by the Commonwealth Fund, the Healthy Steps Program, the North Carolina Access Project, and CHILD Profile surveys in Washington State. Parents are often the first to notice difficulties in their child’s development. About 16-18% of all children have disabilities such as speech and language disorders, motor disorders, and mental retardation. Only half of children with developmental disabilities are identified prior to school entry. Well-child exams in the first years of life are ideal for the detection of problems with a child’s development.
Click on the links below for more information on STEPS for Developmental Surveillance and Screening:
- Listen to concerns
What you should know about concerns from the parent, child-care providers or others in contact with the child.
- Assess risk factors
Summary of biologic and environmental factors that may place a child at higher risk for poorer developmental outcome.
- Monitor development with surveillance and screening
- Definition of surveillance and screening.
- Review of screening techniques and tools.
Links to Developmental Screening with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire
- Within Reach/Help Me Grow Washington
Help Me Grow WA video: a parent perspective of how Help Me Grow made a positive difference for their family and specifically their young child from screening and linking to services and support, and follow up:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyGTMgMquGY — which isp – have .
- Children’s Village, Yakima
For children living in Yakima County
- Easter Seals Make the First Five Count (National)
Public Service Announcement about Developmental Screening with Easter Seals’ Make the First Five Count program
- Talk with parents about results
- Minor Concerns – No pathology/ ‘Immaturity’
- More than Minor Concerns
- Parents as Partners – Monitoring and Referral
Give parents activities to enhance development, tools to continue to monitor developmental progress, and resources for child development information and programs.
- If unsure, REFER! Further evaluation to confirm or refute presence of delays. Includes:
- Community partners for further screening and linking to services
- Early intervention – Family Resource Coordinators (for children from 0-3 years old)
- Public Health Department Children with Special Needs Coordinator (children 0-18 years) –
- Special Education in local school districts (3-21 years old)
If developmental delay is confirmed
- Connecting with interventions
- Establishing etiology – includes references on evaluation of developmental delay and mental retardation
- Assisting parents with information and support
- Care coordination
- Medical specialists
- Early Intervention Works!
Information on results of early intervention programs.
Information on assessing developmental delays, commonly used screening tools, and next steps.
From the American Academy of Pediatrics
Developmental Monitoring section:
Edited by Katherine TeKolste, MD, FAAP / Last revised 7/21/15
Developmental Pediatrician; MHLN Medical Consultant