New York Statewide Infant and Toddler Conference

On January 12th Docs for Tots Co-director Dr. Dina Lieser shared our Developmental Screening project at the New York Statewide Infant & Toddler Conference. Developmental screening keeps track of young children’s growth and development. It is critical for the early detection of and intervention for delays. Docs for Tots’ initiative helps pediatric clinics to start implementing standardized screens. Docs for Tots was selected by the New York State Early Childhood Advisory Council because of its innovative approach to this issue.

Despite recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the majority of pediatricians are not providing routine screening. Almost 20% of children have disorders and delays that would be detected through standardized screening practice.

Dr. Lieser explained how children’s development is the foundation for a healthy and successful society. This is why Docs for Tots supports health care providers in changing their screening practices. In addition, Docs for Tots educates and empowers parents to ask for screening and promote their child’s developmentunnamed2

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