Parents, community providers and clinic-based organizations and professionals play a key role in the early identification of young children with developmental delays and the facilitation of early referrals for further evaluation and intervention. When children are not screened early and routinely, opportunities for early identification, referral and intervention are delayed. This session is designed to expand participants’ awareness and knowledge of early screening for developmental delays and the need to use practical, culturally responsive and reliable standardized screens. Participants will gain skills that will increase their confidence and intent to identify and refer children for intervention earlier rather than later.
Training format/duration: Classroom/ 1-3 hours
- Occupational therapists
- Organizational leaders
- Physical therapists
- Social workers
- Speech/language therapists
- Support and other school staff members
This workshop is designed to help you:
- Explore their own values and attitudes regarding early screening and developmental disabilities.
- Demonstrate understanding and knowledge about early screening while serving as advocates for prevention and intervention in their local communities and agencies.
- Identify ways to increase their confidence and intent to screen children early using evidence-based screening tools.
- Utilize effective strategies to disseminate available screening materials and messages to parents and caregivers of young children in their practice and/or local communities.