Screening Recommendations

​Screenin​g Recommendations

Click here to view screening tools and here for resources to implement a screening program in your practice.


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.​

Maternal ​​Depression

The AAP recommends integrating postpartum depression surveillance and screening at the 1-, 2-, 4-, and 6-month visits.

Social Dete​rmi​​nants of Health

The AAP recommends surveillance for risk factors related to social determinants of health during all patient encounters. Practices can use a written screener or verbally ask family members questions about basic needs such as food, housing, and heat. ​

Family Strengths

The AAP recommends that pediatric care providers integrate patient- and family-centered care in their practices, which includes asking about and reinforcing family strengths. Bright Futures offers tips for implementing a system for eliciting parental strengths and needs.

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