These Early Evaluation Hubs, where children with positive screens, who are at risk for developmental delay, can receive further evaluation and diagnosis—within their own communities. The hubs can also facilitate referral to Riley Hospital for Children for those who need additional assessments after the hub visit. The system has reduced the wait time for evaluation from one year to less than three months, resulting in reduced age of diagnosis.
Now, after seven years, the Early Evaluation Hub program has trained and coached 12 practices throughout Indiana to perform early evaluations of young children with developmental concerns. This has decreased the age of diagnosis of developmental delays and autism spectrum disorder among participants to under age three, but there is still additional outreach needed to drop the average age across the whole state.