Step 4: Map Out Flow and Integrate Screening

Your practice staff now understands the importance of standardized developmental screening. But how do you move from deciding to screen to actually screening? By integrating the screening process seamlessly into your current practice flow!

Integration

Integration cannot be underestimated. It is easy to see how screening can make a difference, but with the other demands that every staffer faces in their day to day work, there is also a reason screening is not currently occurring regularly. If you ask your staff to add something completely new and time-consuming- for instance, mailing out a developmental screen to families before scheduled appointments when there is currently no mailing system in place- you are setting the process up for failure. If instead you are only adding one step to a staffers current process- like having the receptionist include the screen in initial paperwork when signing in a family- it is more likely to happen and less likely to cause resistance.

The following steps will help you develop a sustainable screening flow:

  • Conduct an environmental scan of your practice: What is the current process of a well-child visit? How much time does a family spend in each part of the process? What opportunities are there to implement different aspects of the screen during this time?
  • Consult with members of the staff: Staff might have different insight into the process- in particular, what would be easy for them to add and what would cause unpredictable issues? Additionally, consulting with all staffers shows them that they are an important part of the team and helps maintain their buy-in into the process.
  • Map out the process and include screening steps: Use the attached templates to visualize the practice process and distribute the screening steps at each stage

Included in this Step:

Latest News

Long Island Screenings of the movie Resilience The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

Each evening will feature a screening of the film Resilience followed by a panel discussion by experts from across Long Island who are working to address . . .
Read More

Docs for Tots 15th Anniversary Celebration

We want to thank our participants, donors, and supporters for making our 15th anniversary celebration a success. Because of donors like you, we are . . .
Read More

Liz Moore and the Rauch Foundation Write Brief About Docs for Tots’ Work.

We wanted to share with all of you a brief that was written by Liz Moore for the Rauch Foundation. “Minding the Gaps. How . . .
Read More

Investing in quality early learning programs is the most efficient way to affect school and life success and to reduce social expenditures later.

James Heckman, economist, Nobel laureate