Early and accurate identification of infants and young children who have developmental delays or disorders is key to the timely delivery of early intervention services. A comprehensive, first-level screening is the first step in obtaining needed services for infants and young children and their families
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends standardized developmental screening at 9, 18, and 30 [or alternately, 24] months for all children. Ready for School is committed to supporting healthcare providers to implement these recommendations which will result in early identification of children 0-5 years of age with developmental needs.
As part of Ready for School’s ongoing mission to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in school, it is imperative to both identify and intervene on behalf of children with developmental delays. Early identification and intervention has the potential of reducing education and healthcare costs and improving quality of life for parents and children.
With the use of developmental assessment tools such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 (ASQ3), healthcare provider teams will identify possible delays and can refer to community resources for children 0-3 years of age such as Early On and Parents as Teachers home visiting, and for children 3-5 years of age to school-based resources.