Infant Mental Health for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Screening and Assessment Tools
Consistent routine screening for emotional and behavioral problems is important to provide appropriate infant mental health care. Some tools can be self-administered by parents in the waiting room or mailed to parents in advance of a scheduled visit for completion.
Examples of tools that may be used for infants and their parents or caregivers include: ASQ-SE, Bright Futures Surveillance Questions, Bright Futures Pre-visit and Supplemental Questionnaires, Pediatric Intake Form (Family Psychosocial Screen), PSI (Parent Stress Index), and CHADIS-DSM pre-visit parent questionnaire (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010).
When infants and younger children fail routine developmental screenings, fail autism screenings, or are observed to have poor growth, attachment issues, excessive crying, or psychosocial issues brought forth by parents, the infant and family should receive further evaluation and intervention, as required.
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