Implementing the Neuromotor Screening Recommendations in Practice
Earlier identification of motor delays allows for timely referral for developmental interventions as well as diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning. Through the video vignettes below, three physicians discuss the ways in which primary care pediatricians can use the
Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation
clinical report and algorithm to enhance their developmental surveillance and screening for neuromotor impairment.
Expert Panel Participants
|Joseph Hagan, Jr, MD, FAAP
Dr Hagan is a clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the Vermont Children’s Hospital. He is also Co-editor of
Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants.
Screening as an important part of preventive services (1.38 min)
Q: Why is the early identification of global motor delay so important for primary care providers?
Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation clinical report and algorithm provides recommendations regarding screening and observation, as well as guidance regarding how to interpret findings, and start you on a path of care for the child in a timely fashion.
Watch Video: (1.31 min)
What if you find something wrong?
Q: How can the algorithm be used when a global motor delay is identified?
A: The algorithm for surveillance and screening provides the first steps a pediatrician should take if he/she has a concern.
Neuromotor screening recommendations are simple (1.18 min)
Q: What do primary care physicians need to know about neuromotor screening?
A: The screening recommended in the
Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation clinical report and are simple. Pediatricians should leverage existing observation and physical exam techniques already a part of 9-, 18-, 30-, and 48-month visits.
Do you know what to look for?(3.19 min)
Q: What has the American Academy of Pediatrics done to address the issue of global motor delays?
A: The AAP conducted a needs assessment and focus groups with primary care physicians which revealed that many did not know proper way to assess for motor problems; in response the
Motor Delay: Early Identification and Evaluation clinical report and algorithm provides simple screening and surveillance recommendations enhancing the activities already included in the 9-, 18-, 30-, and 48-month visits.
What are developmental surveillance and screening for motor delay? (2.20 min)
Q: Considerations for the primary care physician in looking for motor delays during well-child visits
A: Pediatric primary care physicians should been performing developmental surveillance; that is, watching for milestones. Physicians should pair this with use of a developmental screening tool and input from the family.
||Dipesh Navsaria, MD, FAAP, MPH, MSLIS
Dr Navsaria is a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He serves as director for the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and as medical director for Wisconsin’s Reach Out and Read program.
What is good developmental screening? (2:46 min)
Q: Using early literacy promotion for developmental screening
A: How can the primary care physician perform good developmental screening – walk in with a book rather than a stethoscope to assess for gross motor, fine motor, social interaction, language, vision and hearing.
What can primary care pediatricians do to assess for motor delay? (1:07 min)
Q: What has the AAP done to address global motor delays?
Motor Delay: Early Identification and Evaluation algorithm for developmental surveillance and screening provides primary care providers with an initial evaluation and easy to use background information so that pediatricians can assess earlier rather than taking an observational approach.
Observation skills are key to assessing for global motor delay (1:18 min)
Q: What are 3-5 important items a pediatric primary care provider should consider when evaluating an infant or young child for global motor delay?
A: Pediatricians need to relay on their observations skills – watch what the child is doing globally and determine if something does not seem right about the way they are moving. Take a moment to observe the child while not in his/her parent’s lap and assess the quality of the child’s movement.
What to look for regarding global motor delay (0.40 min)
Q: Why is early identification of global motor delays so important for primary care pediatricians?
A: Recent attention to delays of social, emotional and language delays has meant that global motor delays are not addressed as much during the exam. In addition to sitting and walking, pediatricians should look for discoordination, clumsiness, and apparent weakness.
||Michelle Macias, MD, FAAP
Dr Macias is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the immediate past chairperson or the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Early detection of children with neuromotor disorders (1:34 min)
Q: Can you discuss the algorithm from a developmental and behavioral specialist perspective?
A: The algorithm provides practical guidance that does not add to the burden for primary care doctors by reinforcing the motor exam as part of developmental screening. Screening at the 9-, 18-, 30-, and 48-month visits should bring down the age of diagnosis to facilitate early intervention and improve outcomes for children.
Co-management for children with a diagnosed motor delay (0.59 min)
Q: How do the developmental and behavioral specialist and the primary care physician work together to co-manage the care and treatment plan for a child with a motor delay?
A: The role of the developmental specialist is to support the medical home; co-management and level of input by the developmental specialist depends on the severity of the neuromotor impairment.
When to refer to Early Intervention (0.47 min)
Q: What should the primary care physician take into consideration when making a referral to Early Intervention?
A: Don’t wait to make the referral to Early Intervention; refer even if the child has not yet been seen by a specialist or subspecialist.
Tests that facilitate the diagnostic process (2.02 min)
Q: What tests should the primary care provider order before referring to specialist care?
A: The algorithm in the
Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation clinical report recommends that pediatricians order a CK and TSH for low tone and a neuroimaging for high tone as soon as concern is identified.
The following AAP groups are represented on the Expert Panel:
Bright Futures Steering Committee
Council on Children with Disabilities
Committee on Genetics
Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Section on Neurology
Section on Orthopaedics
. External organizations represented on the group include
CDC/National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine