Early & Continuous Screening

​Core Outcome 3: All children will be screened early and continuously for special health care needs.

Communicating the Value of Module.jpgDevelopmental Screening Learning Module 

AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) is happy to share this new interactive, self-paced learning module called "Communicating the Value of Developmental Screening." This informational module aims to build capacity of Title V leaders and other health professionals in articulating the value of developmental screening with various stakeholders by helping its users:

  • Identify the purpose of developmental screening,
  • Understand the impact screening has on families and children,
  • Recognize the roadblocks and challenges of the screening process,
  • Understand the role of Title V in developmental screening and communicate its value,
  • and identify additional resources to assist in communicating value.

Whether you are a Title V leader, health care provider, family member, or other key stakeholder, this module is a great tool for you! To access the module, click here or click on the picture above. If you experience any issues accessing the module, please email Paige Bussanich at pbussanich@amchp.org

Developmental & ASD/DD Screening: Resources for Title V Programs

State Developmental Screening Activities

September 2017 - AMCHP, in partnership with the National Institute for Children's Health Quality, is happy to share a new issue brief called "Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Title V: Building Better Systems." This issue brief delves into Title V program developmental screening activities that aim to establish or improve comprehensive systems of care for children and families. It can be used as a tool to inform staff, public health professionals, partners and stakeholders of different developmental screening-related strategies that could be applied in communities, and to learn examples of how state programs are implementing strategies. Read more about the issue brief here.

Title V Action Planning Resources

As part of the transformation of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant, a new set of National Performance Measures (NPMs) were developed in partnership with states, families, and other stakeholders. To assist states in their action planning, SPHARC developed a set of resources related to state systems for developmental and autism screening. 

document symbol Resources for Title V Action Planning: Developmental Screening Strategies and Measures: Highlights sample state strategies, strategy measures, and data sources/resources to improve developmental screening that states could use to help inform their action plans.

Connections image Putting It All Together: Case Example on Using CYSHCN Standards and SPHARC Tools and Resources to Develop an Action Plan: Shows how a (hypothetical) state could use SPHARC and other AMCHP tools to develop objectives, strategies and measures related to the Title V NPM#6 on developmental screening. Appendices can be downloaded separately below.

    1. State "X" In-Depth Systems Assessment Example [PDF]
    2. Directions for the In-Depth Assessment Tool and Blank Assessment Worksheet - Fillable PDF and Word Doc
    3. Worksheet: Objectives, Strategies and Measures for Title V Block Grant Developmental Screening NPM [Word Doc]
    4. More resources and assessment tools for the other National CYSHCN Systems Standards domains can be found here.

Landscape graphic National Landscape: Program and Initiatives to Promote Developmental and Autism Screening: Provides information on federal and national programs that have a specific objective/measure around developmental screening.

Matrix image U.S. State/Jurisdiction Matrix of which states have/had certain grant or technical assistance programs related to developmental and autism screening.

Archived Webinar: Developmental/ASD Screening Resources Overview and Introduction

On June 23, 2015, SPHARC hosted a webinar to introduce the above resources and provide an overview of the  content, as well as next steps for technical assistance. Click on the links below to access the materials and recording from that webinar:

We hope to continue to update these resources and add more components to support states in their work. If you have any questions or updates, please contact Kate Taft at ktaft@amchp.org or (202) 266-3056.

Environmental Scan: State Developmental and Autism Screening ActivitiesEnvironmental Scan screenshot

In 2014, AMCHP's SPHARC released several publications related to an environmental scan on developmental and ASD/DD screening:

Archived Webinars and Meetings

Online Resources