Webinar Series "Early Identification of Motor Delay: Do you know what to look for?"
Pediatricians often encounter children with delays of motor development. Earlier identification of motor delays allows for timely referral for developmental interventions as well as diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning. The clinical report “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (Pediatrics, June 2013) includes suggestions for formal developmental screening at the 9‐, 18‐, 30‐, and 48‐month well‐child visits; approaches to the neurologic examination, with emphasis on the assessment of muscle tone; and initial diagnostic approaches for medical home providers. Use of diagnostic tests to evaluate children with motor delays is described and the importance of pursuing diagnostic tests while concurrently referring patients to early intervention programs is emphasized.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—via its Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children—is offering a series of three 60‐minute educational webinars focused on raising awareness of primary care clinicians regarding the diagnosis and referral for children with Neuromotor delays. The educational webinars will focus on the physical exam and common clinical presentations, diagnosis, developmental surveillance, referral, and management of children with a motor delay. Additional information is available by emailing PEHDIC@aap.org.
Do You Know What to Look for in the Physical Exam?
Faculty: Max Wiznitzer, MD, FAAP
This session will guide pediatricians in the early identification and evaluation for children with delays of motor development and cover techniques to improve skills in completing pediatric Neuromotor physical exam. Discussion will also include communication with families both as part of developmental surveillance and to assess the family’s experience with care.
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2 pm ET (60 minutes)
Patient Care if Motor Delay is Identified – Do You Know the “Red Flags” to Look For?
Faculty: Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS
This session will cover the care coordination and co-management of children who have or may have a Neuromotor diagnosis. At the end of the session attendees will be able to identify the “red flags” to look for to determine which children with Neuromotor delay need expedited referral to specialists. Other primary care considerations, such as medical, education, and other referrals, and chronic condition management, will also be discussed.
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 26 at pm 3 ET (60 minutes)
Screening Infants and Young Children for Neuromotor Delay – Do You Know What to Look For?
Faculty: Garey Noritz, MD, FAAP, FACP
This session will provide an overview of the guidelines for developmental surveillance and screening outlined in the clinical report “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (Pediatrics, June 2013). An overview of the Identifying Children with Motor Delays Algorithm for surveillance and screening will be provided. At the end of the session attendees will be able to implement improved motor screening as part of anticipatory guidance and well child care. Specific examples will facilitate recognition of the signs and symptoms of various types of muscular dystrophies.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 18 at 2 pm ET (60 minutes)