Developmental Screening in Massachusetts

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 A Webinar Jointly Sponsored by
University of Massachusetts Medical School - Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
(on behalf of Massachusetts Act Early)
Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care

Developmental Screening in Massachusetts

An Alliance between Early Childhood Educators and Pediatricians

Archived Webinar
40-minute Webinar – This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 credit™

For continuing medical education credit (CME), physician registration is $25 per registrant (credit card only).

For public viewing, general registration (with no CME) is at no cost.

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Did you know that many children may not be receiving developmental screening?

  • Despite the benefits of early intervention, many children’s developmental delays are not identified early enough for children to benefit optimally from these interventions.
  • Without routine screening, only an estimated 30% of U.S. children with developmental issues will be identified before they reach kindergarten.

Be part of the solution for your patients! Attend this webinar and learn:

  • How state Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs (CFCE’s) working with families are using Ages & Stages Questionnaire screening tools to monitor development in young children in community settings.
  • Which MassHealth CBHI-approved screening tools you can use in your practice as complementary measures to chart your patients’ development, and how to refer children for further evaluation at the first sign of a concern.

Guest Speakers

Roula Choueiri, MD

Roula Choueiri, MD is a neurodevelopmental pediatrician and Division Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, at the University of Massachusetts Children's Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Choueiri is originally from Beirut, Lebanon. She received her MD from St. Joseph University in 1992, and completed Pediatrics and Child Neurology trainings at the American University of Beirut. She moved to Boston with her family in 2001 and trained in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at Boston Children’s Hospital then completed another pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was on staff at the LADDERS Autism Clinic, then at Tufts Medical Center for Children with Special Needs until October 2014.  Dr. Choueiri has established thriving early autism diagnosis clinics in underserved and multicultural areas in Massachusetts. She has presented several workshops to pediatricians and Early Intervention providers about autism screening, and about cultural perspectives in autism screening. She has collaborated in the MA Act Early program’s Considering Culture in Autism Screening kit and training curriculum. Her research interests include autism screening, early diagnosis, and response to treatment and she is currently developing an interactive autism screening test in toddlers.

Elaine Gabovitch, MPA

Elaine Gabovitch, MPA is an instructor in UMass Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health and family faculty for UMass Medical School’s E.K. Shriver Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program. Ms. Gabovitch intimately knows the value that early screening and detection holds for families of children with ASD. As the parent of son diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 1997, she and many other parents had been told by their pediatricians to “wait and see” when concerned about their child’s delays. This experience led her to serve as a co-founder and vice-president of the autism awareness campaign First Signs from 1999 until 2004 to educate parents and physicians about the early warning signs of ASD and other developmental disabilities. Since 2010, she has continued this critical work as the CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts and as the State Team Leader for the Massachusetts Act Early program.

Webinar Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the 40 minute webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of routine developmental screening as recommended by the AAP for children ages birth to five years old, using validated screening tools as part of developmental surveillance.
  • Describe the validated screening tools approved for use in Massachusetts by MassHealth and the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative.
  • Explain how free ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE developmental screenings are being conducted by early childhood educators in local community settings with parents and families.
  • Describe a pediatric approach to follow-up screenings using Massachusetts CBHI-approved screening tools.
  • List 3 resources that can assist providers in making connections to assistance for families.

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Webinar Registration/Fees

  • For those participants seeking CME credit, archived webinar fees must be paid at the time of registration; CME will not be granted without total payment.
  • For those participants NOT seeking CME, the registration link will provide an option for access to the archived webinar at no charge.
  • If you register for a webinar and do not attend, no refunds or credits will be given


  • A desktop or laptop with Internet access.
  • Speakers or headphones are advised.

Questions about the webinar or registration? Contact

Course Overview

This 40-minute training webinar will inform Massachusetts pediatric providers about the importance of developmental screening for all young children and the need for referral to developmental specialists for further evaluation and intervention of those young children at risk for developmental delays and disorders. Using a case study and supplementary materials, the webinar will describe how the state’s Coordinated Family and Community Engagement programs (CFCE’s), working with early childhood educators, are using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) and the Social Emotional (ASQ:SE) screening tools to monitor development in young children in community settings by partnering with parents and families. Participants will learn about other Massachusetts CBHI-approved screening tools that they can use as complementary measures in their practices. The training webinar will describe the central role that CFCE’s play for parents and families in Massachusetts as a hub for referral resources and services and as community/screening partners for healthcare providers.

Accreditation Statement: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education (UMMS-OCME) and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. The UMMS-OCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit Designation Statement: The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Learners must receive a score of 75% or better to pass the webinar and earn a CME certificate.

Other CME Details:

  • The CME activity will be a 40 minute case-based Webinar presentation.
  • It will be delivered live on Monday, December 4, 2014 from 5-6 pm via Adobe Connect. It will be archived and available for general viewing without CME at starting on December 15, 2014.
  • It will be delivered via YouTube with or without CME at and until December 2015.
  • To successfully complete the activity and earn CME credit, participants must: register for the activity; view the 40-minute webinar; complete the evaluation form and post-test following the webinar; pass the post-test at 75% or better; and print out a CME certificate upon receipt.
  • The archived webinar will only be available for informational purposes.

Faculty Disclosures: All course faculty and course planning committee members have disclosed that they have no commercial interests related to this webinar.

Webinar via YouTube

Following your registration through UMass Medical School's Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME), you will receive a confirming email with a link to the webinar with further instructions.

For more information, please contact:

Elaine M. Gabovitch, MPA
MA Act Early State Team Leader | CDC Act Early Ambassador to Massachusetts
Instructor, Family Medicine & Community Health |Family Faculty, LEND Program
UMass Medical School/E.K. Shriver Center | 465 Medford Street, Suite 500 | Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: 774.455.6531| Web: | Web:

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