A growing body of evidence highlights the importance of early development and points to the need for actively promoting healthy development and systematically addressing developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial issues early in life. However, many children with developmental issues or those at risk are not identified early enough and not consistently linked to needed services and supports. Pediatric health care providers have an important role to play in providing developmental care and linking children to services and resources within the broader community. While multiple strategies are being tested by pediatricians and others working in child health, to date no study has primarily focused on how pediatric practices link young children and families to developmental care. This report provides a first step in reviewing the current state of pediatric primary care linkage to developmental services, identifying key strategies, developing a linkage typology, and providing recommendations to improve linkage for developmental care.
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