Developmental Screening

About 1 in 5 children have developmental disorders or delays in speech, cognition, or overall. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended standardized developmental screening since 2001. Despite these numbers and recommendations, provider surveys since then suggest that less than half of providers are screening at the recommended ages using evidenced-based screens. This has led to less than 30% of children with developmental disorders or delays being identified before entering school, which means too many kids are not entering school ready to succeed.

Identifying and intervening in early childhood is the most efficient use of resources and provides the best results for families. Docs for Tots works with pediatricians and community partners to increase the use of standardized developmental screening procedures. To do this, Docs for Tots:

  1. Promotes emphasizing child development in medical practice through use of developmental screening and coordination of care.
  2. Provides education, training, materials/tools, and technical assistance directly to community partners.
  3. Coordinates referrals using the Help Me Grow model.
  4. Works with other community partners across early childhood settings to ensure that kids are screened in whatever environment is presented—doctors’ offices, early childhood education and care settings, or home visits.
  5. Educates and empowers parents to ensure that their children are screened.
  6. Works at the systems and policy level to promote developmental screening.
  7. Engages a broad base of advocacy partners to advocate for developmental screening.

Latest News

The NonProfit Voice! A radio interview with Liz and Melissa

Docs for Tots’ Director of Programs, Melissa Passarelli, and Executive Director, Liz Isakson, spoke to Allison Brecher of The Nonprofit Voice!   Listen to their interview . . .
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Long Island ACEs Screening Learning Collaborative – 2018 Highlights

This year Docs for Tots, in partnership with the Center for Youth Wellness, was able to bring together four pediatric practices across Long Island . . .
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Help Me Grow – Long Island — 2018 Highlights

Thanks to your support last year, Docs for Tots was able to bring together early childhood professionals from across Long Island to form Help . . .
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Early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families.

American Academy of Pediatrics