Screening Tools and Referral Project (START)

According to the Centers for Disease Control, many children with developmental delays or behavior concerns are not identified as early as possible. As a result, these children must wait to get the help they need to do well in social and educational settings (for example, in school, at home, and in the community).In the United States, about 1 in 6 children aged 3 to 17 years have one or more developmental or behavioral disabilities, such as autism, a learning disorder, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In addition, many children have delays in language or other areas that can affect how well they do in school. However, many children with developmental disabilities are not identified until they are in school, by which time significant delays might have occurred and opportunities for treatment might have been missed.

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Increase screening for the identified developmental and behavioral health concern (developmental, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Depression or Substance Abuse) by 10% over a least a 6 month period using a validated tool.


The Screening Tools and Referral Training can be offered in-person or virtually by pediatricians with special training in the screening tools and referral process.