Early identification and treatment of children at risk for developmental delay is critical to helping them achieve their full potential in life.
The foundation for all aspects of a child’s healthy development (physical, behavioral, cognitive, and social/emotional) is laid during the first three years of life. Fortunately, a child’s developmental trajectory is dynamic. Children learn from every interaction, so developmental interventions, when offered early, can support healthy development, help to prevent developmental delay, and prepare children for school and a lifetime of well-being.
Below are two maps that highlight state Medicaid policies around developmental screening reimbursement and screening tools.
About Developmental Screening
Developmental screening serves a number of important purposes. Its primary purpose is to help identify children who are at risk of developmental delay so that that their needs can be assessed and addressed early in their lives. The developmental screening process itself also creates an opportunity to talk to parents about developmental milestones, so they know what to look for as their children grow. Conducted consistently, screening provides a benchmark for tracking children’s development over time. Intervention and support services provided in early childhood can support children’s development and help them to be ready for school.