Developmental Screening Program

The Louisiana’s Developmental Screening program is housed within Children’s Special Health Services, and seeks to improve early detection of developmental delays and disabilities in children from birth to 5 years of age by promoting the use of parent-report screening tools in pediatric primary care.

The Louisiana Developmental Screening Guidelines (LDSG) provide recommendations for screening periodicity and instruments that align with the Bright Futures guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Identifying developmental delays and disabilities as soon as possible allows for earlier provision of supports and services that can mitigate potential negative outcomes and allow children to thrive. The Developmental Screening program partners with a variety of other agencies and organizations to strengthen and expand Louisiana’s early childhood system.

To learn more about the importance of developmental screening and surveillance, please watch this short video from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Developmental Surveillance: What, Why and How.

Helpful Links

Developmental Screening Program ›
Detailed information about the program, including program functions and who we serve

Developmental Screening Resources ›
Resources and tools for providers

Developmental Screening Webinar Trainings ›
Our webinar series on how to use the recommended developmental screening tools

Children's Special Health Services ›
Detailed information about Children's Special Health Services, our parent program

The Families Helping Families Network ›
Our partner program providing family-driven resources, education, and advocacy to families of CYSHCN

Fiona Ritchey, MPH
Developmental Screening Coordinator
Fiona.Ritchey@LA.GOV
Central Office: (504) 568-5055
Fax: (504) 568-7529