Physician Makes Each Referral for Developmental Delay
Three-year old Samantha was seen for a well-child exam at one of the participating 1st Five medical practices that provides comprehensive developmental surveillance. During the assessment process, the physician identified significant speech and developmental delays. The medical staff referred Samantha to the local 1st Five care coordinator, who was able to link the family to the local AEA and the University of Iowa for further testing. The 1st Five care coordinator linked the child and family to services and provided follow-up referral status to the medical practice. The referring physician expressed gratitude and relief to the care coordinator for the one-call easy referral process. Medical practices are more apt to provide comprehensive developmental assessments when effective referral processes are in place.