To promote a more coordinated approach to meeting children’s developmental needs, the brief proposes the adoption of the SERIES paradigm of developmental screening in which each step—Screening, Early identification, Referral, Intake, Evaluation and eligibility, and Services—is seen not as an isolated activity, but rather an integral component of a single process.  It then identifies four major barriers to providing coordinated developmental care for children and identifies a policy or practice response to each. The SERIES brief responds to the finding that although developmental screening of children in primary care has increased, many children with identified developmental needs are never linked to the services they need.  

To read the brief, see attached or the link below.

This brief is a part of PolicyLab’s Translating Evidence-based Developmental Screening (TEDS) project.  Read the project summary –
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