Policy statements

The AAP develops policy statements, clinical reports, and technical reports to guide pediatricians and other health care practitioners in providing care on pediatric issues. Statements and reports for developmental and behavioral issues are developed by a number of AAP committees and councils. Key statements and reports that are important to developmental and behavioral pediatrics are listed below.

Current Select AAP Statements Related to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems (Clinical Report, Pediatrics DOIL 10.1542/peds.2014-3716)

Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian (Policy Statement, Pediatrics DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-0376)

Promoting the Well-Being of Children Whose Parents Are Gay or Lesbian (Technical Report, Pediatrics 2013 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013-0377)

Oral Health Care for Children with Developmental Disabilities (Pediatrics 2013 131:614-619)

Collaborative Role of the Pediatrician in the Diagnosis and Management of Bipolar Disorder in Adolescents (Pediatrics 2012 130:e1725-e1742)

Sensory Integration Therapies for Children with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders (Pediatrics 2012 129:1186-1189)

Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician: Translating Developmental Science into Lifelong Health (Pediatrics 2012 129:e224-e231)

The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress (Pediatrics 2012 129:e232-e246)

ADHD: Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Pediatrics 2011 128:1007-1022)

Providing a Primary Care Medical Home for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy (Pediatrics 2011 128:e1321-e1329

Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision (Pediatrics 2011 127:e818-e856)

Incorporating Recognition and Management of Perinatal and Postpartum Depression Into Pediatric Practice (Pediatrics 2010 126:1032-1039)

The Future of Pediatrics: Mental Health Competencies for Pediatric Primary Care (Pediatrics 2009 124:410-421)

Hearing Assessment in Infants and Children: Recommendations Beyond Neonatal Screening (Pediatrics 2009 124:1252-1263)

The Role of Preschool Home-Visiting Programs in Improving Children's Developmental and Health Outcomes (Pediatrics 2009 123:598-603)

Prescribing Assistive-Technology Systems: Focus on Children with Impaired Communication (Pediatrics 2008 121:1271-1280)

School Readiness (Pediatrics 2008 121:e1008-e1015)

Identification and Evaluation of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pediatrics 2007 120:1183-1215) Reaffirmed December 2010

Management of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pediatrics 2007 120:1162-1182) Reaffirmed December 2010

Identifying Infants and Young Children with Developmental Disorders in the Medical Home: An Algorithm for Developmental Surveillance and Screening (Pediatrics 2006 118:405-420) Reaffirmed February 2010

Access the AAP Policy Statement Site for More Resources

To search for other AAP statements and reports go to the AAP Policy Statement Site. The following tips can help you search that site for policy statements, clinical reports and technical reports:

  • Search by key words
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  • Generally AAP technical reports, clinical reports and policy statements must be revised, reaffirmed or retired after 5 years from the initial publication date.

Additional information is available from the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities’ recent policy statements.

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