Professional Resource Brief
Here you will find resources about screening infants, children, and adolescents for chronic illnesses; physical disabilities; and emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. For a list of resources about genetic screening, see the MCH Digital Library's resource brief, Genetics.
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
schedules, health-education materials,
policy statements, and other resources for health
professionals for strengthening newborn
and ensuring healthy
infants, children, and adolescents.
Bright Futures. Infant, child, and adolescent health-promotion and disease-prevention guidelines and tools for health professionals and families. See Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd ed. (2007) and Performing Preventive Services: A Bright Futures Handbook (2010). A chapter on screening covers adolescent alcohol and substance use and abuse, cervical dysplasia, developmental and behavioral considerations, hearing, newborn screening, sexually transmitted infections, and vision screening.
dbpeds.org: Screening and Assessment. Tools for health professionals for developmental and behavioral screening, surveillance, and identification of disabilities.
Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care, rev. ed. (2012). [Table].
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 those with special health care needs. View the section Clinical Care Information and Organization for developmental and behavioral screening information and tools. Also see Autism A.L.A.R.M. for brief guidelines on autism screening and intervention in primary care.
- 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; and resources, support, and guidance for families with a newborn diagnosed with a health condition.
to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Compendium of research-based developmental
screening tools and a set of guides for health and social service professionals
the importance of developmental and behavioral screening, how to talk to
go for help,
how to select
the most appropriate screening tool for the population served and
the provider implementing the screening. Includes information for parents
about developmental milestones, tips on how to promote a child's development
and what to do when concerns arise, a passport
of and sharing their child's
and results, and resources for follow-up and support.
- Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Center on Birth Defects
Disabilities (NCBDDD). A wealth of information, recommendations, and tools for health
professionals and families about newborn
screening, and developmental
Learn the Signs. Act Early. Information and tools for health professionals, early childhood educators, and parents to improve early identification of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need as early as possible. Materials for parents are available in English and Spanish, and some materials are available in Arabic, Korean, and Portuguese.
- Children's Hospital Boston: 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 who describe
their experiences with implementing screening programs.
Seals: Developmental Milestones Screening. Online screening
tool (Ages & Stages Questionnaires®) to help parents track their
infant's and child's development from birth to age 5 and address any
concerns with professionals.
Information for health professionals
and educators about the importance
of early identification and intervention
for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and
other developmental and behavioral
disorders. Lists key social, emotional,
and communication milestones for infants and young
children (from birth to age 3) and describes critical
signs for when a child is at risk.
Resources include a collection of video clips about
the early red flags and diagnostic features of
ASD, a list of validated screening tools, screening
guidelines, and an
early intervention referral guide.
Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health. Information and resources to promote
a uniform strategy for children's vision screening before beginning school. Includes links to information about state legislation for vision screening and mandated eye exams for children entering school.
Center for Hearing Assessment and
Management (NCHAM). Information and
tools to implement and improve Early Hearing Detection
and Intervention (EHDI) systems to ensure that all
infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified
as early as possible
and provided with timely and appropriate audiological,
educational, and medical intervention. Resources address newborn and early childhood hearing screening, diagnostic audiology, early intervention, family support and partnership, medical home, data management, financing and reimbursements, and program evaluation and include training tools, regulations, position statements, presentations, state profiles, legislation, and more.
- 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.
- MCH Digital Library: MCHLine®. The MCH Digital Library has a large collection
of items about screening infants, children, and adolescents for chronic
disabilities; and emotional, behavioral,
and mental health challenges. To identify items about screening,
search MCHLine® using the online
search form. In the keyword field, type screening and a
keyword for the type of screening in which you are interested. Examples: newborn,
hearing, vision, developmental, mental. Also see the library's bibliographies, Child
Developmental Screening and Newborn
Citations and abstracts for biomedical articles indexed by the National
Library of Medicine (NLM), with links to full-text articles when available.
Type your topic and screening in the search
box. Click on Search. Use the filters in the left sidebar to further narrow
additional filters; select Ages and click on Show. Under
Ages, select Child: birth-18 years.
Publication dates, select a limit (e.g., 5 years). You may further limit
your search by selecting an article type or additional search terms.
- Search the following databases for access to additional literature about
infants, children, and adolescents for chronic illnesses; physical
disabilities; and emotional, behavioral,
and mental health challenges. The MCH Digital Library resource brief, Maternal
and Child Health Literature and Research Databases, describes these
databases and offers tips for searching them.
Child Welfare Information Gateway Library
National Guideline Clearinghouse
- Autism Spectrum Disorder professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Child Developmental Screening bibliography
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services in Medicaid professional resource guide, family resource brief
- Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Challenges in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Family Health History resource brief
- Genetics resource brief
- Health Insurance and Access to Care for Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
- Newborn Screening bibliography
- Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents professional resource guide, family resource brief, school resource brief
Screening: Resource Brief, 3rd ed. (March 2014). (Updated: December 2014).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Contributor: Tracy Lopez, M.S.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., parent of a child with special health care needs, Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network of N.J.; Lynn L. Cole, M.S., R.N., P.N.P., Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Digital Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Digital Library.