Peadiatric Developmental Screening–Learn The Signs. Act Early For Pediatricians From The Centers For Disease Control


Below is an excellent site on pediatric developmental screening.

Learn The Signs. Act Early: Information For Health Care Providers From The Centers For Disease Control. This site has information for doctors and nurse practioners on pediatric developmental screening. What follows is from the site:

Using CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials in your practice can:

  • Help you meet the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recommendation for developmental surveillance at each health supervision visit.
  • Prepare families to provide more accurate responses to validated developmental screeners recommended by the AAP.
  • Lay a foundation for engaged and efficient conversations with families about developmental progress or concerns.
  • Aid in early identification of the 1 in 6 children with a developmental delay or disability so they can benefit from early intervention services shown to improve skills, abilities, future school performance, and later success in life.

Healthcare providers can ensure children with developmental delays and disabilities receive the help they need at the time that intervention is most effective by:

  1. Performing developmental surveillance at each health supervision visit and encouraging parents to monitor milestones between visits;
    • Provide Milestone checklists as anticipatory guidance; ask families to complete the checklists before each health supervision visit to facilitate developmental surveillance discussion
    • Welcome newborns with a Milestone Moments booklet; refer to it at every health supervision visit
    • Print and post a free flyer encouraging families to use CDC’s Milestone Tracker app to track and quickly share developmental progress at visits
  2. Making connections with childcare providers, directly or through parents, to encourage use of these resources so they can share additional information with you about a child’s developmental progress.
  3. Conducting developmental screenings and autism-specific screenings as recommended by the AAP using a validated screening tool; and
  4. Referring children with concerning screening results for further evaluation AND to your state’s early intervention services (

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Resources for Developmental Surveillance and Screening

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