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A Neurodevelopmental Ecological Screening Tool
The creation of NEST is a story of applied child development work at its best.
The lack of developmental screening for children in low resourced settings, and the missed opportunities for developmental support of vulnerable children, was identified by Dr. DeCandia nearly 20 years ago while she was working at St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center in Dorchester, MA. Confronted with the inability to serve children in need appropriately, Dr. DeCandia identified the need for an ecological, easy-to-implement tool to assess children’s development…in context.
In 2015, Dr. DeCandia and Artemis Associates joined forces with Ms. Katie Volk of the Center for Social Innovation to lead the NICHD funded project. NEST will be ready for release in Spring 2019.
Our experience provides an example of how developing an instrument can support more routine and useful developmental screening of young children — no matter what their life circumstance.