Apply the principles of development across the lifespan, including child growth and development; values each family member's unique biology, interests, needs, and potential while nurturing relationships, starting with health infant-caregiver attachment.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on the early signs of autism spectrum disorders. Developmental growth charts, fact sheets, informational cards, and posters http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html
- The M-CHAT is validated for screening toddlers, between 16 and 30 months of age, to assess risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This website provides the screening tool, the scoring instructions, and guidelines for use of the M-CHAT tool. http://mchatscreen.com/
Ages and Stages (ASQ-3) and ASQ Social Emotional (ASQ-SE) Questionnaires:
The ASQ is a validated screening tool used at various stages of children's development birth to five, and is used to determine if children are on track developmentally for their age. Results can be used to make appropriate referrals for further assessment/diagnosis and appropriate intervention.
Bright Futures Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits. Bright Futures content can be incorporated into many public health programs such as home visiting, child care, school-based health clinics, and many others. Materials developed especially for families are also available.
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Pathways.org - free educational resources for professionals and caregivers on a child's motor, sensory and communication development.
Hearing, Vision and Oral Health Screening
The Minnesota Department of Health offers teaching modules on hearing, vision and oral health screening procedures for infants and young children. Also see a Quick Reference Guide for Hearing and Vision screening.
Health Professional Guide to Pediatric Oral Health Management - web based modules cover how to identify and monitor children at-risk for early childhood caries and how to ensure appropriate follow up.
Infant Vision Screening- free by participating optometrists
Zero to InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an integral part of infant wellness care to improve a child's quality of life. Under this program, AOA optometrists provide a comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants within the first year of life regardless of a family's income or access to insurance coverage.
Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (ILABS)
ILABS is an online library of resources for early learning professionals, parents, caregivers, policymakers and community members. The online training modules are designed to share the latest science of child development with the broader community. Each module explores a particular topic of science, such as early brain development, children's imitation, or language acquisition, and nests it within the larger landscape of child development. All modules are free and are designed to be useful for both everyday interactions with children and for informing systems-level programs and policies. New users can register at the title link above.
The Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCYSHN) - OCCYSHN promotes optimal health, development and well-being of Oregon's children and youth with special health needs.
NCAST is a part of the University of Washington School of Nursing and Center on Human Development and Disability. This program disseminates and develops innovative research-based products and training programs, which can be used with typically developing children, those at risk for developmental delays, and those diagnosed with special health needs. NCAST seeks to give professionals, parents, and other caregivers the knowledge and skills to provide nurturing environments for young children.