MEASURING THE PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN: THE INNOCENTI TECHNICAL WORKSHOP

The development and identification of appropriate child development instruments and screening procedures has taken place within the context of Sri Lanka's primary healthcare programme. Initiated seven years ago, the programmes primary objective was to promote child development through a system of early detection coupled with appropriate intervention. The programme was developed as a result of several factors including (a) the existence of an extensive primary health care system including clinic and home-based monitoring of child health and nutritional supplementation for high-risk groups of pregnant mothers and children (0-5 ages), (b) recognition that parents had little confidence and knowledge of their capacity to improve the quality of their children's experiences, and, (c) recognition that parents and health care workers had limited knowledge about children's developmental needs and the interactional nature of the developmental process.

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