Screening: Children will be screened early and continuously for special health care needs.           

Infants and children with high risk health conditions must be identified early in order to help assure that they and their families receive the care and assistance to prevent future morbidity and promote optimal development. Advances in brain research, the Human Genome Project, and increased effectiveness of early intervention have expanded our capacity to identify children with special health care needs and offer an opportunity for early intervention1.

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University works to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.

American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.  This website provides many resources, including fact sheets on newborn screening.

March of Dimes supports comprehensive newborn screening for all babies in this country, regardless of their place of birth. We urge every state to screen every baby for at least 29 conditions. For each of these conditions, screening has a documented benefit to the child, and a reliable test that enables early detection is available.

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource provides information and resources in the area of newborn screening and genetics to benefit health professionals, the public health community, consumers and government officials.

  1. Maternal and Child Health Bureau: Achieving and Measuring Success: A National Agenda for Children with Special Health Care Needs