Screening Tools and Referral Training

Screening Tools and Referral Training (START)

START Training Opportunities

Training opportunities are now available!

START (Screening Tools and Referral Training)

The Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (TNAAP) can be a tremendous resource to you in implementing the use of formal screening tools in your practice. TNAAP has a free training program for practices and medical schools called Screening Tools And Referral Training (START).

START is an educational program developed by TNAAP to help pediatric care providers - including pediatricians, family physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and others - learn skills and strategies to implement routine developmental screening using standardized screening tools as part of their health care procedures. This training is also appropriate for residents and students in the medical field who plan to become primary care providers. It was adapted with permission from the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The program is in collaboration with Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS).

TNAAP offers START training throughout the state to educate physicians, allied health care providers, and office staff about developmental and behavioral screening tools, referral procedures, and office workflow, and coding for payment for screening that can be easily incorporated into a practice routine.

To learn more about the START program, click HERE.

Learning Objectives for START

The purpose of the START program is threefold:

  • To increase early identification and referral of children with developmental delays or behavioral problems using standardized screening tools.
  • To better understand referral resources in your community.
  • To learn about better documentation of services, coding and payment.

Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)

The START program is a collaboration with Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) funded by the Tennessee Department of Education.


Department of Education TEIS

Want to learn more about TEIS? Click here to watch a short video.

START Contact Information

Susan Rollyson, M.Ed.
Training Coordinator
Phone: 615-956-7815
Fax: 615-383-7170
Email: susan.rollyson@tnaap.org