Every regular screening for a child 0-3 years must include a review of cognitive, motor, language, adaptive, social, and emotional development. Each screening shall address parental concerns about the child’s growth and development, and review:
- Developmental milestones
- Social, emotional, and behavioral health, including early signs of autism
- Family risk factors, including parental stress and maternal depression
Children who need further evaluation must be referred for systematic, comprehensive assessment specific to the areas of concern. Professionals, as authorized by their scope of practice, will determine the domains to be tested. Assessment should include standardized measures of the functioning of the child and the family. What is learned will guide the creation of the child's treatment plan as well as provide diagnostic information.
All children enrolled in the Public Health program called The Family Connection are screened at least annually to make sure they are meeting their developmental milestones within the expected age range. If a delay is detected during the screening process, a referral is made to an appropriate source, like the local Area Education Agency's Early Access Program. Specialists from the AEA will then meet with children and families in their home to help the child work on the specific skill area(s) that have been identified. Early detection and intervention for even a slight delay provides the best chance for the child to "catch up" in order to be ready for kindergarten when they reach school age.
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A good resource to see where your child should be developmentally is www.zerotothree.org.
Early ACCESS is a partnership between families with young children, birth to age three, and providers from the Departments of Education, Public Health, Human Services, the Child Health Specialty Clinics. This program provides for assistance for the family with an infant and toddler. The team works together to identify, coordinate and provide needed services and resources.
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