functional skills (Ball et al., 2015). The use of validated developmental and behavioral screening tools, including questionnaires asking a parent or caregiver questions about the development of their child at specific ages is important. Without routine screening, only an estimated 30% of children with developmental issues are identified before they reach kindergarten (CDC, 2017).
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends developmental monitoring at every pediatric preventive care visit through the age of 5 years, general developmental screening using a validated screening tool for all children at age 9, 18, and either 24 or 30 months, and an autism- specific screening for all children at 18 and either 24 or 30 months (CDC, 2017). Targeted Questions Does your child have any serious illnesses or medical conditions? Is your child allergic to medicine or drugs? Do you feel your family has enough to eat? What is the child’s living situation and have there been any major changes in your family lately? Do you have specific concerns about your child’s development, learning, or behavior? References Ball, J. W., Dains, J. E., Flynn, J. A., Solomon, B. S., & Stewart, R. W. (2015). Seidel's guide to physical examination (8th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Preschoolers (3-5 years of age). Retrieved from
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