Thinking About Starting?

Providers who are thinking about starting validated developmental screening and have questions about tools and procedures might find this page useful.

Q: We're fairly happy with what we're doing now. How will changing to a new developmental screener help my patients and my practice?
A: Find the evidence supporting the benefits of validated screening and the need to screen for earlier identification of developmental needs.

Q: Which developmental screening tool would work best for my office?
A: Compare basic screening tool properties and find links to even more information.

Q: How can I bring my whole office staff on board with this practice change?
A: Implementation minicases lists specific suggestions to address difficulties such as:

  • provider reluctance
  • staff time limits
  • cost
  • billing
  • integrating with existing office systems
  • considering individual patient differences

Q: Which office staff should participate in the screening?
A: Review the roles of staff involved in office screening in our sample practice flow.

Q: Where will we send all the children identified by a screener?
A: Get ideas for referral needs and strategies.