Screening may lead to Improvement in Social and Emotional Development
Early social and emotional screening in pediatric settings, with referrals for behavioral health services, has been demonstrated to lead to significant improvements in social and emotional development. 22
Many problems identified through early screening of social and emotional development are responsive to short term interventions. 23
Families should be supported & connected to needed services
Parents are the child’s first teachers and have the primary decision-making role in the care of their own children.
Many parents have concerns about their child’s development, are worried about how to articulate their concerns, and have fears about being judged by providers. Education and support for parents can minimize the fear and stigma associated with seeking services.
To minimize the stigma in seeking early childhood mental health services, primary care providers can support a parent’s role in the care of their young child through family-driven care and coordination of services.