This brief presents resources about screening infants, children, and adolescents
for chronic illnesses, physical disabilities, and emotional, behavioral,
and mental health challenges. See the resource brief Genetics for resources about genetic screening.
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Policy statements, guidelines,
schedules, health-education materials,
and other resources for health
professionals for strengthening newborn
and ensuring healthy
infants, children, and adolescents.
Tools and initiatives include
Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants,
Children, and Adolescents, 3rd ed. (2007).
dbpeds.org. Resources for health professionals about child development and behavior, especially in the medical setting. Includes forms, checklists, and other screening tools; online tutorials; and articles to support improvement in developmental and behavioral screening, surveillance, and identification of disabilities.
National Center for Medical Home Implementation. Resources for health professionals about the medical home approach
to high-quality, comprehensive health care for all children and adolescents, including
with special health care needs. View the section Clinical Care Information and Organization for evidence-based guidelines for many common acute illnesses and chronic conditions
and tools for newborn screening, hearing screening, and developmental and behavioral
Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook. (2010).
- Baby's First Test. Information for expectant and new parents and health
professionals about newborn screening and what to expect
from the newborn screening process; state-specific newborn screening programs; health conditions identified by screening; resources, support, and guidance for families with a newborn diagnosed with a health condition; and news and commentary.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Background information, tools, and recommendations for newborn screening, hearing screening, and developmental screening. Resources and initiatives include
Learn the Signs. Act Early. Materials in English and Spanish for health professionals, early childhood educators, and parents about child development and the warning signs of autism and other developmental delays. Includes fact sheets, a video clip, and a tracking tool on developmental milestones for infants and children from birth to age 5.
Newborn Screening: Improving Outcomes. (2011). [Presentation, video clip, slides].
- Developmental Screening Toolkit for Primary Care Providers. Information for primary care health professionals who want to learn how to
implement effective, validated, developmental screening in their practices. Addresses the issues of time, resources, and budget and includes a
video clip of health professionals at Children's Hospital Boston who describe
their experiences with implementing a screening program.
Information for health professionals
and educators about the importance
of early detection and intervention
of autism spectrum disorders and
other developmental and behavioral
disorders. Lists key social, emotional,
and communication milestones for infants and young children (birth to age 3)
and describes critical warning
signs for when a child is at risk
for developmental delays and disorders.
Resources include an educational
videotape, a developmental milestones
wall chart, validated screening
tools, screening guidelines, an
early intervention referral guide, and brochures for families.
- Medical Home Portal: Screening and Prevention. Information and resources for health professionals about screening tools and tests for childhood obesity, developmental disabilities, infant social and emotional development, newborn disorders, and maternal depression.
Center for Hearing Assessment and
Management (NCHAM). Resources
for health professionals, policymakers,
program administrators, and families
about early identification and
management of hearing loss. NCHAM
assists hospital-based universal
newborn hearing screening and state-based
early hearing detection and intervention
programs in their efforts to ensure
that all infants and young children
with hearing loss are identified
early as possible and provided
with timely and appropriate audiological,
educational, and medical intervention.
- National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY). Information about and links to assessment and screening tools
for measuring mental health, substance abuse, and independent living skills
- TeenScreen National Center for Mental Health Checkups. Resources for the early identification of mental illness in adolescents, including
kits for developing a mental health screening initiative in primary care offices,
schools, and community-based programs; evidence-based resources for providing
mental health checkups to adolescents as part of their routine health care;
fact sheets on mental health, depression, and suicide; and a state resource
center with information about adolescent suicide, mental health issues, policy,
and state and federal government contacts.
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Child and Adolescent Recommendations. Recommendations for preventive measures in primary care, including screening,
counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications
for cancer; cardiovascular disorders;
development and behavior; infectious diseases; injury prevention; mental health
conditions and substance abuse; metabolic, nutritional, and endocrine conditions;
musculoskeletal disorders; perinatal care; and vision and hearing disorders.
- Drotar D, Stancin T, Dworkin P. 2008. Pediatric
Developmental Screening: Understanding
Screening Instruments. New York,
Commonwealth Fund. [Manual].
- Mayer R, Anastasi J, Clark EM. 2006. What
to Expect and When to Seek Help:
Bright Futures Developmental Tools
for Families and Providers.
Washington, DC: National Technical
Assistance Center for Children's
Mental Health, Georgetown University
Center for Child and Human Development,
with National Center for Education
in Maternal and Child Health. [Available in English and Spanish].
Related MCH Library Resources
- Autism Spectrum Disorders knowledge path, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Child Developmental Screening bibliography
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs knowledge path, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid knowledge path, family resource brief
- Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents knowledge path, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Family Health History resource brief
- Genetics resource brief
- Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents knowledge path, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Newborn Screening bibliography
- Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents knowledge path, family resource brief, school resource brief
Screening: Resource Brief, 2nd ed. (January 2012).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewer: Olivia Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.