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Dr. Limbos will be making a poster presentation at the upcoming European Congress of Psychology 2015 conference in Milan, Italy. Based on their level of agreement with a number of statements about attitudes and knowledge with respect to developmental screening, Dr. Limbos has found certain factors to be associated with the practice of standardized developmental screening. Practicing standardized developmental screening was defined as using one or more developmental screening test that has at least some documented validity, on a routine basis for screening for developmental delays in children. In this study, this included use of the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS), Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) or Denver II. The findings of the survey indicated that most physicians had good attitudes about developmental screening, with the majority indicating that there is good evidence for developmental screening and that services for children with DD are effective. Furthermore, knowledge about developmental screening seemed good among all physicians, as indicated by a majority feeling confident in how to care for children with DD, and recognizing that identifying DD without formal screening tools was inaccurate. However, certain knowledge-related factors were associated with screening. Those physicians who felt they had insufficient knowledge in the use of standardized screening tests were less likely to practice standardized screening (17% vs 47%). We look forward to sharing the final poster with you ahead of the ECP conference once it is completed.


Vancouver Psychologist Dr. Marjolaine Limbos (www.limboschildpsychology.com)