Integrating Developmental Screening Into Clinics

The goal of developmental screening, utilizing a standardized tool, is to identify developmental disorders early.  Low-income children are especially at risk for poor developmental outcomes.  EPSDT guidelines require developmental screening at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months of age.

Once a clinic has determined which developmental-screening tool will be used, the next step is to incorporate this screening into the clinic’s workflow.  Answering the following questions will assist in this process.

  • Where will the screening tools be stored?
  • Who will ensure that copies of the screening tools are available each day for parents to complete?
  • When will parents be given the screening tool to complete?
  • Who will score the screening tool?
  • Where will the screening tool be placed after it is reviewed with the parent?
  • Who will make any necessary referrals?
  • Where will you store any pamphlets or other educational materials?

Page Last Updated: 09/26/2018