The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is working with the State of Georgia's Office of Children with Special Needs to coordinate a statewide educational outreach program designed for Georgia family physicians. The program is called "Building Blocks, Family Physicians for Early Developmental Screenings." Building Blocks aims to promote the early identification of children with developmental delays through the use of standardized developmental screening tools and referral to state programs for further evaluation and service coordination.
The curriculum was developed by a task force of family physicians. The presentation incorporates research on the prevalence of developmental delays and the benefits of using screening tools to identify those delays. The task force chose two screening tools to promote and those are the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status. The presentation provides a brief overview of each tool and details on its tested validity. The presentation also explains the practical application of the tool and how it can be implemented into a busy practice.
In addition to learning about developmental screening tools, program participants will learn about state programs that offer direct services or service coordination for patients and families.
GAFP Director of Outreach, Talisa Gimbel will be traveling around the state visiting offices to present building blocks. Contact Talisa at the GAFP office, (404) 321-7445, to set up an appointment for an in office training session.
The following links are to some of the programs and services that are being promoted by Building Blocks.
State Programs for Children with Special Needs
- Children 1st
- Children 1st Screening and Referral Form
- High Risk Infant Follow-Up
- Babies Can’t Wait
- Children’s Medical Services
Developmental Screening Tools