Due to recent recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics to include more formal developmental assessments in babies and toddlers, we have started to use several validated screening tools.

One such tool is the PEDS-DM or PEDS: Developmental Milestones measurements for Children 0-8 years. The PEDS-DM assesses each developmental domain: gross motor, fine motor, expressive language, receptive language, self-help, and social-emotional development. Screening is done at the 9, 18, and 24-month well child visits and other times as warranted.

The M-CHAT is another screening tool used between the ages of 16 and 30 months of age to assess for autism-spectrum disorders. This questionnaire can be downloaded and completed prior to the 18 and 24-month well child visit. This can be reviewed and scored at the visit.

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Refusal to immunize linked to outbreaks of measles and pertussis

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Amid increasing concern about measles and pertussis outbreaks in the US, a new study shows that having incomplete or no vaccination significantly increases the chance of infection. The findings are published in JAMA.

People who do not have MMR or DTaP vaccines run a higher risk of contracting several diseases.  Click Here to Read the full article....