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Earlier Screenings = Better Outcomes for Children

One child in eight has a delay in development, and experts say that without the proper monitoring those children will miss out on early interventions that could mean brighter futures. That’s why the Autism Society of Ohio has helped develop a pilot program to educate doctors about how to better screen for developmental disabilities.

Melissa Arnold, who heads the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, says that when a child lags in development some parents and doctors take a wait-and-see attitude, and the project is working to change that.

“These screening tools really help make that decision as to whether you wait or, ‘No, there’s just too many red flags here. We need to make sure this child is brought in for further diagnostic services right away, so that we can determine if there is really a delay here.'”

Read more here: Public News Service.

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