Service Provider Resources
- Association of Early Learning Coalitions
The Office of Early Learning administers federal and state child care funds and partners with 30 local early learning coalitions to deliver comprehensive early learning services statewide. The office oversees three programs—the School Readiness Program, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, and Child Care Resource and Referral services.
- Autism Navigator
Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and course bridging the gap between science and community practice. Autism Navigator increases the capacity for healthcare, early intervention providers, families, and caregivers to improve outcomes of young children with ASD. Autism Navigator contains a unique collection of web-based tools and courses developed for practitioners in the field. Autism Navigator was created by the faculty and staff in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine. The FIRST WORDS® Project and the Early Social Interaction Project (ESI) contributed to the content of Autism Navigator.
- Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
The CMS Network is a valuable resource and option for children approved for Medicaid or Florida Healthy kids who require more extensive and intensive medical services. The CMS network provides children with special health care or behavioral needs with a family centered, managed system of care.
- Early Head Start/Head Start
Head Start is a national school readiness program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children from low-income families. The purpose of the this program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency.
- Florida Children’s Services Council
Children’s Services Councils, or CSCs, is a type of government entity established by county citizens to help fund organizations that serve children and families. They were created to make sure these dollars are being spent wisely and invested in programs that will provide the best outcomes for the children and families within their communities. Their top priority is to make sure children of all ages are healthy, safe and prepared to learn.
- Parents as Teachers
To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
- The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
A state funded agency authorized to service individuals with autism and related disabilities and their families. All services are free of cost.
- The Arc of Florida
The Arc of Florida is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They work with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. They also work to reduce the incidence of and eliminate the adverse social impacts of developmental disabilities through education, awareness, research, advocacy and support of families, friends and the community.
- The Children’s Forum
The Forum provides an array of programs and services to enhance the early care and education workforce through professional development opportunities. In addition to a variety of benefits, belonging to the Children’s Forum also satisfies the renewal of many credentials for education professionals.
- The Technical Assistance and Training Systems (TATS)
TATS is a statewide project which supports programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training. This support promotes high quality programs leading to positive outcomes for children and their families through coordinators for programs serving prekindergarten (Pre-K) children with disabilities in each of Florida’s 67 school districts. TATS also works with school district early childhood partners such as Head Start, community child care programs, Early Learning Coalitions which oversee Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs, and Early Steps.
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. The CDC also provides information about screenings tools http://www.medicalhomeinfo.org/downloads/pdfs/DPIPscreeningtoolgrid.pdf which can serve as a resource.
- 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. We 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 AAPis 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 healthcare. 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. The Center has also developed a Practitioner Series to increase the infant and early childhood mental health knowledge base and improve practice in managed care healthcare settings-http://www.cpeip.fsu.edu/mma/
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 on entitled Child Development and Guidance helps professionals earn 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.
- Child Development Media Inc. offers a vast selection of videos, books, and curricula on child development and related topics, with over 1500 titles in its catalog. CDM conducts continuing education program, publishes a newsletter, hosts teleconferences, exhibits at selected conferences, and hosts training events.
Incorporate Developmental Questions in All Well-Child Visits
- Center for Disease Control Learn the Signs Act Early: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf
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. These checklists provide a framework for discussing the social/emotional, language/communication, cognitive and physical development of a child.
- Bright Futures American Academy of Pediatrics: http://brightfutures.aap.org/Family_Resources.htmlBright 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. And health professionals have found that providing Bright Futures materials promotes positive interaction with the families whose children are in their care.
- Kids Plus Pediatrics- http://kidspluspgh.com/your-visit/well-child-visits-handouts/At each visit, we provide you with a handout full of questions, suggestions, and information specific to your child’s age and stage of development.
- Kids Health from Nemours- http://kidshealth.org/parent/A checkup also is an opportunity for your doctor to talk to you about developmental and safety issues and for you ask questions you might have about your child’s overall health. See more resources here!
- Baby Center- http://www.babycenter.com/0_doctor-visits-for-your-babys-first-year_66.bcTo learn more about what the doctor will do, ask, and look for during those visits, and the most common questions parents have, use the worksheets available.
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation- http://www.pamf.org/children/common/development/Your child will experience countless changes as they grow up. As a parent, you can assist your child during these exciting, and sometimes challenging, times by being knowledgeable about the physical and emotional changes your child will experience.
Adopt a Formal Screening Tool
- Child Health & Development Interactive System (CHADIS)CHADIS is an online questionnaire delivery system that is designed to improve the quality of care clinicians give to parents and their families. By the very nature of its comprehensive approach to pre-visit questionnaires, CHADIS arms clinicians with the substantial foreknowledge for the visit and resources for follow-up after the visit, which allows you to provide exemplary care to your patients. CHADIS automates and tracks details of a patient visit, which allows clinicians to receive reporting on myriad questionnaire results, even creating specific patient registries customized by diagnosis. CHADIS reduces costs through its automation of many routine tasks within your practice. By doing these tasks by hand in the waiting room, in the middle of the busy practice day, it increases the time and operating costs for your practice. I have also attached our brochure so that you are able to review additional details about CHADIS.
How does CHADIS work? CHADIS delivers the doctor’s pre-selected questionnaires and families complete them online at home or in the waiting room. Then the system collects all the answers, and automatically scores and tabulates them in a user-friendly electronic worksheet. CHADIS presents provisional diagnoses and links to decision-support information based on the responses. CHADIS selects informational handouts and community resources specific to the child and family needs, in addition to capturing clinician comments and information during the office visit. CHADIS stores all visit data, creating a full record that can be copied into EMRs for referrals, billing, positive screen registry and patient diagnoses tracking.
For a sample video, please visit: https://www.chadis.com/clinicians/howto/autism-screening.html. For more information about the CHADIS system, please contact Eastern Region representative, Beth Elgort, at email@example.com or 888-424-2347 X 11.
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE)The parent-completed Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) 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 (ASQ: SE), 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.
ASQ-PTI is an online tool for pediatricians, in addition to other electronic services available. Both the ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE are part of Patient Tools (PTI), an electronic patient interview system that makes it easy for parents to complete automated online questionnaires at home pre-visit or in your waiting room with a friendly survey unit or tablet or computer in kiosk mode.
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- Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)The PEDS tool is an evidence-based screen that elicits and addresses parents’ concerns about children’s language, motor, self-help, early academic skills, behavior and social-emotional/mental health. PEDS tells you when parents’ concerns suggest problems requiring referral and which concerns are best responded to with advice or reassurance. This tool can be used from birth to 8 years of age (7 years-11 months).
The PEDS Online is a fully automated set of Internet-based tools for administering screens that detect and monitor development, behavior, social and emotional/mental health status, which includes PEDS, PEDS: Developmental Milestones and the M-CHAT (English and Spanish). This service provides real-time (immediate) automated scoring, automatically generates detailed reports for printing and/or EMR/EHR integration, and ICD-9/procedure codes for optimal billing. Additionally, it also offers a Patient/Parent Portal for pre-appointment completion of screens, includes take-home parent summary reports in English and Spanish, and can be used with or without electronic medical records.