Close to One in Three Kids Are Screened for Developmental Delays

Posted February 10, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Close to one in three kids are screened for developmental delays.

From 2015 to 2016, 30% of children under the age of 6 — 2.6 million kids across the nation — were screened for developmental delays.

These screenings, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, involve gathering feedback from parent and guardians about a young child’s development, communication and social behaviors. The likelihood that early screenings occur varies widely by state. In Mississippi — the state with the lowest screening rates — just 17% of children were screened for developmental delays, according to their parents. At the other end of the data spectrum sits Oregon, where 59% of young kids were screened.

Developmental screenings are an effective and low-cost way to assess a child’s behavioral and health needs. Kids who receive early screenings are more likely to be referred for needed care, according to research, and these early services can play a critical role in supporting a child’s ongoing well-being and growth.

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