Abstract

Physicians who provide comprehensive health care for children have frequent contact during the first several years of life with the child and his or her family. This contact affords the potential for early identification of developmental delays. However, only approximately 15% to 30% of pediatricians routinely use developmental screening instruments; frequently these screening inventories are administered to children already suspected of having delays, to confirm that these delays truly exist.1–3 However, screening instruments do not confirm a diagnosis; rather, they establish the need for additional, more in-depth testing. Practitioners must appreciate that development is determined by a complex interaction of multiple factors; screening or assessment methods that do not acknowledge this complexity cannot be considered comprehensive.4 Moreover, developmental change is supported, facilitated, or impeded by environmental influences.5

Keywords

Developmental Delay Developmental Quotient Psychological Corporation Object Permanence Evaluation Consideration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen P. Aylward
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Illinois University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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