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WHAT ARE DEVELOPMENTAL MONITORING & SCREENING?

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Both developmental monitoring and developmental screening should be done for all young children.

 

Developmental monitoring, also known as developmental surveillance, means observing and noting specific ways a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves every day, in an ongoing way. Developmental monitoring often involves tracking a child’s development using a checklist of developmental milestones. New free training available: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns. Visit www.cdc.gov/WatchMeTraining to access this FREE, 1-hour online, continuing education course to help you monitor the development of children in your care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. This course is approved for credit by VT Northern Lights.

 

Developmental screening is a more formal process that uses a validated screening tool at specific ages to determine if a child's development is on track or whether he or she needs to be referred for further evaluation.

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL MONITORING…

 

involves the following key steps to assess how a child is growing in relationship to the age-appropriate milestones.

 

  • Eliciting parental concerns, such as by asking questions like “Do you have any questions about how your child is learning, behaving or developing?”
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  • Documenting and maintaining a developmental history, including information about the child’s holistic growth.
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  • Observing the child to ensure their progress in developmental milestones in communication, cognitive processing, fine and gross motor skills, as well behavior.
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  • Identifying risks and protective factors, to address the family’s specific needs and circumstances.
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  • Maintaining an accurate record of findings over time, including input from others (schools, etc.).

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING…

 

is the use of brief and objective standardized tools to identify children at risk for developmental delay and the need for referral for evaluation. It is a formal process that occurs at defined intervals according to national standards, at points of entry into services, and any time a child is identified to be at risk through surveillance. Screening may occur at a primary care practice, a mental health agency, a Head Start program or in other early care and education settings. Interpretation of screening and recommendations for further evaluation and referral should include consideration of other child and family contextual factors.

 

Using a high quality developmental screening tool like the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Third Edition (ASQ-3™), professionals conduct screenings to uncover areas of concern and identify children who are at risk for developmental delay or other behavioral or social emotional challenges in an accurate and cost-effective manner.

 

Help Me Grow Vermont uses ASQ-3 and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires®: Social Emotional-Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2), a questionnaire focusing solely on social and emotional development in young children. Accurately identifying behavior through ASQ:SE-2 helps to ensure that any behavioral concerns or social or emotional challenges are identified as early as possible, allowing the child a greater chance to reach his or her full potential.

 

How do screening tools work?

 

Screening tools usually take the form of a series of questions or checklists used to track children’s development relative to milestones achieved by a larger group of children of the same age. A home-grown checklist won’t do; developmental screening tools must be carefully validated by research. These questionnaires prompt parents or other caregivers to answer a series of simple questions regarding their child’s abilities (e.g., Does your child climb on an object such as a chair to reach something he wants? When your child wants something, does she tell you by pointing to it?). Children whose development appears to fall significantly below that of their peers are flagged for further attention.

 

Universal Developmental Screening Results Now Available at the Vermont Immunization Registry!

 

To improve developmental screening rates and identify young children with developmental concerns as early as possible, HMG VT has launched a Universal Developmental Screening Registry – a comprehensive, statewide screening data and communication system.

 

If you provide developmental screening for the children in your practice and would like access to screening data to view a child’s screening history, generate screening activity reports and more, please contact us to schedule a training at UDSregistry@vermont.gov.

 

 

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Birth To 5: Watch Me Thrive! A Guide for EI & ECSE Providers  Birth To 5:   Watch Me Thrive! A Guide For ECE Providers  Birth To 5: Watch Me Thrive! Developmental Screening Passport  Developmental Milestones Checklist  Developmental Monitoring & Screening  UDS Registry Information

 

Both developmental monitoring and developmental screening should be done for all young children.

 

Developmental monitoring, also known as developmental surveillance, means observing and noting specific ways a child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves every day, in an ongoing way. Developmental monitoring often involves tracking a child’s development using a checklist of developmental milestones. New free training available: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns. Visit www.cdc.gov/WatchMeTraining to access this FREE, 1-hour online, continuing education course to help you monitor the development of children in your care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. This course is approved for credit by VT Northern Lights.

 

Developmental screening is a more formal process that uses a validated screening tool at specific ages to determine if a child's development is on track or whether he or she needs to be referred for further evaluation.

 

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL MONITORING…

 

involves the following key steps to assess how a child is growing in relationship to the age-appropriate milestones.

 

  • Eliciting parental concerns, such as by asking questions like “Do you have any questions about how your child is learning, behaving or developing?”
  •  
  • Documenting and maintaining a developmental history, including information about the child’s holistic growth.
  •  
  • Observing the child to ensure their progress in developmental milestones in communication, cognitive processing, fine and gross motor skills, as well behavior.
  •  
  • Identifying risks and protective factors, to address the family’s specific needs and circumstances.
  •  
  • Maintaining an accurate record of findings over time, including input from others (schools, etc.).

 

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING…

 

is the use of brief and objective standardized tools to identify children at risk for developmental delay and the need for referral for evaluation. It is a formal process that occurs at defined intervals according to national standards, at points of entry into services, and any time a child is identified to be at risk through surveillance. Screening may occur at a primary care practice, a mental health agency, a Head Start program or in other early care and education settings. Interpretation of screening and recommendations for further evaluation and referral should include consideration of other child and family contextual factors.

 

Using a high quality developmental screening tool like the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®: Third Edition (ASQ-3™), professionals conduct screenings to uncover areas of concern and identify children who are at risk for developmental delay or other behavioral or social emotional challenges in an accurate and cost-effective manner.

 

Help Me Grow Vermont uses ASQ-3 and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires®: Social Emotional-Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2), a questionnaire focusing solely on social and emotional development in young children. Accurately identifying behavior through ASQ:SE-2 helps to ensure that any behavioral concerns or social or emotional challenges are identified as early as possible, allowing the child a greater chance to reach his or her full potential.

 

How do screening tools work?

 

Screening tools usually take the form of a series of questions or checklists used to track children’s development relative to milestones achieved by a larger group of children of the same age. A home-grown checklist won’t do; developmental screening tools must be carefully validated by research. These questionnaires prompt parents or other caregivers to answer a series of simple questions regarding their child’s abilities (e.g., Does your child climb on an object such as a chair to reach something he wants? When your child wants something, does she tell you by pointing to it?). Children whose development appears to fall significantly below that of their peers are flagged for further attention.

 

Universal Developmental Screening Results Now Available at the Vermont Immunization Registry!

 

To improve developmental screening rates and identify young children with developmental concerns as early as possible, HMG VT has launched a Universal Developmental Screening Registry – a comprehensive, statewide screening data and communication system.

 

If you provide developmental screening for the children in your practice and would like access to screening data to view a child’s screening history, generate screening activity reports and more, please contact us to schedule a training at UDSregistry@vermont.gov.