Pediatric Screening Services
The importance of surveillance and screening for developmental problems in young children is widely recognized by experts and reflected in pediatric practice guidelines. Unfortunately, there are a number of barriers to the practice-based use of developmental screening instruments, including time constraints, practice management problems, and costs.
The large number of available developmental screening methods also makes the selection of instruments challenging. Such instruments differ with respect to their purpose, which may be general screening or screening for specific problems, such as autism, as well as their method, which may be parent-report or practitioner-administered. As a result, practitioners often need guidance in choosing the screening instrument that is right for their practice.
- Preventive Health Care (Birth- Age 21)