Document Type

Course Project

Publication Date

Summer 8-31-2022


Early Intervention programs provide evidence-based services to children with developmental delay from 0 to 3 years of age. Many children eligible for Early Intervention programs are not successfully referred to services provided by health care professionals for evaluations. The purpose of this doctoral project is to describe the evidence-based steps in a referral algorithm for early intervention evaluation to increase referrals by primary care health care providers and to increase evaluation rates of referred children. A draft algorithm was based on content analysis of empirical and theoretical literature. Experts in early intervention primary care services reviewed the draft algorithm, rank its steps, and comment on its content. The algorithm was evaluated for content validity and revised. This algorithm can be utilized in a primary care pediatric office to increase the referral rate for children identified in developmental screening and surveillance and increase connections with Early Interventions services.