Health Care Provider Resources

Promote Awareness of Development

Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Learn the Signs, Act Early- The CDC’s campaign aims to improve early identification of children with special needs and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. For more information, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/,or order your free materials at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/freematerials.html.

Office of the Administration for Children & Families’ Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!-This campaign, supported by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. You can access their materials at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/watch-me-thrive.

Reach Out and Read- This is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits. Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy. To learn more, visit http://www.reachoutandread.org/.

Docs for Tots– This initiative fosters connections between young children’s doctors, policymakers, early childhood practitioners, and other stakeholders. They take a two-pronged approach to improving children’s health and chances of success, simultaneously promoting policy innovation and practice transformation. You can find additional information about their program and services at http://docsfortots.org/.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)– The AAP is an organization of 62,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The AAP has information, guidelines and resources regarding developmental screening and supporting the well-being of young children. For information, click https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx.

Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP)- The purpose of FCAAP is to promote the health and welfare of Florida’s children (newborns, infants, children, adolescents and young adults), and to support and promote the pediatricians and pediatric specialists who are the best qualified provider of their health care. Resources and information available through their website help health care professionals across the state. To learn more, please visit http://www.fcaap.org/.

FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy
The FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy focuses on vulnerable infants and toddlers who can be positively affected through nurturing relationships, strong maternal and child health, and quality early childhood care and education. Please visit https://cpeip.fsu.edu/ to learn more.

Promote Awareness of Development with Staff

The Care Courses School Inc. has selected classes for child development and can offer CEUs. For instance, their 20 hour course entitled Child Development and Guidance helps professionals learn the typical developmental characteristics of children from birth to 6 years of age, techniques of positive guidance, how to use daily routines and schedules to meet children’s developmental needs, and more! Other courses of interest might include: Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children’s Development, Principles of Child Development and Learning, Social-Emotional Development in Young Children, among others.

https://www.carecourses.com/

Incorporate Developmental Questions in All Well-Child Visits

Center for Disease Control Learn the Signs Act Early:
How a child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about the child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. The following checklists provide a framework for discussing the social/emotional, language/communication, cognitive and physical development of a child.

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf

Bright Futures American Academy of Pediatrics:
Bright Futures materials for families are available on a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional health issues for children from the prenatal months through age 21. Health professionals have found that providing Bright Futures materials promotes positive interaction with the families whose children are in their care.

http://brightfutures.aap.org/Family_Resources.html 

Kids Health from Nemours- A checkup also is an opportunity for you to talk to families about developmental and safety issues as well as the child’s overall health. See more resources here:
http://kidshealth.org/parent/

Baby Center- To learn more about the most common questions parents have, worksheets are available here: http://www.babycenter.com/0_doctor-visits-for-your-babys-first-year_66.bc

Adopt a Formal Screening Tool

Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE-2) The parent-completed Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) from Brookes Publishing is an accurate, family-friendly way to screen children for developmental delays between one month and 5½ years, without any gaps between the questionnaire age intervals. Recommended by top organizations such as the American Academy of Neurology, First Signs, and The Child Neurology Society, ASQ-3 is highly valid and reliable. Questionnaires are available in English or Spanish, and come with learning activities for each interval of the assessment.

Early identification of social-emotional problems is crucial, as more and more children are experiencing poverty and other risk factors for depression, anxiety, and antisocial behavior. With Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ: SE-2), a highly reliable, parent-completed tool with a deep, exclusive focus on children’s social and emotional development, you can quickly pinpoint behaviors of concern and identify any need for further assessment or ongoing monitoring.

You can contact a Brookes Publishing customer service representative Monday through Friday, Eastern, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-800-638-3775.

For more information, please visit http://agesandstages.com/about-asq/who-uses-asq/pediatricians/

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, Revised with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) is a 2-stage parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The M-CHAT-R/F is an autism screening tool designed to identify children 16 to 30 months of age who should receive a more thorough assessment for possible early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or developmental delay.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children receive autism-specific screening at 18 and 24 months of age, in addition to broad developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 months. The M-CHAT-R/F, one of the AAP recommended tools, can be administered at these well-child visits.

For more information, please visit https://m-chat.org/

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) a brief questionnaire that helps identify and assess changes in emotional and behavioral problems in children. The PSC covers a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems and is meant to provide an assessment of psychosocial functioning.

In addition to the original 35-item parent-reported questionnaire, there are translations into more than two dozen other languages, a youth self-report, a pictorial version and a shorter 17-item version for both parents and youth.

All forms are available for download.

To find out more visit https://www.massgeneral.org/psychiatry/services/treatmentprograms.aspx?id=2088&display=overview