Developmental Assessment in Argentina: A Comparison of Two Screening Instruments
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Developmental screening is necessary to ensure that children are reaching appropriate developmental milestones at each age. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), early identification of Developmental Disability (DD) is key to a child's well being. In Argentina, pediatricians are currently using the Prueba Nacional de Pesquisa (PRUNAPE), translated as The National Screening Tool, a pediatrician-administered screening tool that takes approximately 20 minutes to administer. Due to the high volume of patients seen by Argentine pediatricians, many do not have time to administer the PRUNAPE during a child's appointment, limiting the number of children screened for DO. Parent-completed screening tools, such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire - Third Edition (ASQ-3), may be a good alternative for Argentine pediatricians. The reported success and efficiency of the Spanish translation of the ASQ-3 in other Spanish-speaking countries make it a strong candidate to be used as a developmental screening tool in Argentina.