Sample Practice Flow

Screening will affect everyone in the practice. At the most fundamental level, the practice flow for using a validated parental survey involves the following steps.

Parent receives and completes the survey

  • Clipboard, pen, and survey delivered by office staff trained to explain it
  • Language- and age-appropriate version required; parents with literacy needs have questions read to them
  • Parent completes survey before provider enters the exam room

Provider or trained staff interprets the results and refers the patient for further screening if indicated

  • Provider or office staff scores the survey in conjunction with routine parent interview and follow-up questions as needed
  • Provider interprets or confers about the results
  • Provider refers patients for evaluation, offers follow-up screen (autism screen, social-emotional screen, etc.), or offers further counseling as needed

Office staff document the results and assist with follow-up

  • Staff files results in patient’s medical record
  • Staff organizes resources in advance, including handouts, clipboards and surveys
  • Staff hands out numbers for services, instructions on how to access mental health and school systems, behavior management guidelines, and lists of relevant books