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Learn the Signs. Act Early. The Importance of Developmental Screening

Originally presented on April 19, 2012

Judith Lucas, MD
Pediatrician, Behavioral Health
Albany Medical Center

Donna M. Noyes, PhD
Associate Director for Clinical Policy, and Senior Project Director for the New York Early Intervention System, Bureau of Early Intervention

This broadcast, will incorporate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Learn the Signs. Act Early. (LTSAE) messages as well as NYS specific resources to increase awareness about LTSAE and importance of understanding developmental milestones and making appropriate and timely referrals when there is a concern. The broadcast will also highlight resources in New York State.

Parents and professionals tend to frame healthy development of children in terms of height, weight, and language acquisition. Despite the fact that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended universal screening for development and for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 2006, the majority of children are not being screened by standardized screening tools. In addition to screening, when a concern is raised, parents and professionals are not aware of the importance of early intervention or the availability of resources. The broadcast will highlight information about ASD and general developmental screening, including many free resources available for parents to better understand their child’s development through the age of five years old, as well as materials to help parents talk with their child’s health care provider about any concerns. For professionals, the broadcast will highlight the importance of routine developmental screening and resources for them and parents with whom they work.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • List important developmental milestones in early childhood (before the age of three).
  • Explain the importance of using standardized developmental screening tests at routine well-child visits at 9, 18, and 24 months of age.
  •  Identify which tests have been recommended, and where to get more information about these tests.
  • List the steps to take if a concern has been identified.
  • Describe the resources available in New York State.


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