Scoping review on noticing concerns in child development : A missing piece in the early intervention puzzle
Cuomo, Belinda, Joosten, Annette and Vaz, Sharmila. (2019) Scoping review on noticing concerns in child development : A missing piece in the early intervention puzzle. Disability and Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1707296
|Authors||Cuomo, Belinda, Joosten, Annette and Vaz, Sharmila|
Background: Between 13 and 32% of children in developed nations are at-risk for developmental delays. In order to identify concerns, there is a need to understand the mechanisms that facilitate becoming aware of it.
Aim: A scoping review was conducted to understand this process of “noticing”, through existing literature on parent experiences.
Methods: Records from major academic databases and grey literature sources were searched using key terms. Thematic analysis was then conducted to synthesise findings.
Results: Twenty papers meeting inclusion were identified. Noticing a delay was found to be an interplay between who notices – parents or other – and how they do so. How concerns are noticed was through two mechanisms: knowledge of child development, and comparison with other children.
Conclusions: This review highlights the nuanced complexity of noticing concerns with a child’s development. Understanding how this process occurs and the key ingredients that enable it is vital to supporting early detection of developmental delays.
Implications for rehabilitation
• When asking parents about child development, professionals need to listen for both bolder “aha moments” as well as more subtle “niggling” comments as indicators of parental concerns.
• Building baseline parental knowledge of developmental milestones may facilitate noticing of atypical development.
• Encouraging parents to engage in social opportunities with other children promotes both positive child development and enables developmental monitoring through use of comparison.
|Keywords||child development; delayed diagnosis; family; neurodevelopmental disorders; language development disorders; rehabilitation|
|Journal||Disability and Rehabilitation|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Ltd|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2019.1707296|
|Research or scholarly||Research|
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|Output status||In press|
|Online||29 Dec 2019|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||17 Dec 2019|
|Deposited||11 Jun 2021|
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