Early Childhood Development

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Developmental Screening


Development Surveillance: What, Why and How

This video from the American Academy of Pediatrics highlights important developmental surveillance steps that pediatricians should take during each health supervision visit. Pediatrician Dr. Shelly Flais discusses recommendations, tips, and resources available to pediatricians, clinicians, and families. Together, surveillance and screening are essential components to promote the optimal development of children.

The AAP recommends conducting developmental surveillance at every health supervision visit and conducting general developmental screening using evidence-based tools at 9, 18, and 30 months, or whenever a concern is expressed. In addition, autism-specific screening is recommended at ages 18 and 24 months, and social-emotional screening is recommended at regular intervals.​

Browse the resources below for information and tools to support effective developmental screening, referral, and follow-up and management of developmental concerns.

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