Screening and Assessment

This Web page provides materials to support improvement in developmental and behavioral screening, surveillance, and identification of disabilities. There are a number of screening and assessment tools available for different aspects of developmental, behavioral and emotional health. Learn more about how you can use various tools and examples of specific tools for different assessment needs. Go to the Practice Management page for information on implementing screenings in your office, training office staff, and other practice management resources.

Surveillance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information and resources related to developmental milestones. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

Developmental Screening

The Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). This is a copyrighted instrument. For more information go to www.mchatscreen.com or you can link directly to the PDF version of the M-CHAT and instructions for how to use the instrument.

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

Table of Selected Level 1 and 2 ASD Screening Measures Excerpt from the AAP policy statement, Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pediatrics Vol. 120 No. 5 November 2007)

CDC Child Developmental Screening Resources for Healthcare Providers

Pediatric Developmental Screening: Understanding and Selecting Screening Instruments (Drotar D, Stancin T, Dworkin P. The Commonwealth Fund. February 2008.)
This article reviews the scientific research on available developmental screening instruments and provides information on the selection and application of screening instruments in a range of practice settings.

Initiatives Target Developmental Screening Services (AAP News. January 2010;31(1).)
AAP members can access the full article for free; others can purchase access for a nominal fee.

Objective Developmental Assessment

Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Physician’s Guide to Assessment and Diagnosis Fall 2009 SODBP Newsletter PDF

Behavior/Emotional Screening

Enhancing Pediatric Mental Health Care: Report From the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health (Pediatrics Supplement, June 2010)

Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care
The Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care table provides a listing of mental health screening and assessment tools, summarizing their psychometric testing properties, cultural considerations, costs, and key references.

Implementing Computerized Adolescent Behavioral Health Screening in the Emergency Department PDF Fall 2009 SODBP Newsletter

Screening for Sleep Problems in Children PDF
Fall 2009 SODBP Newsletter

Sleep Log PDF
Courtesy of Henry L. Shapiro, MD

Behavior/Emotional Rating Scales

Clinical Attention Problem Scale PDF
Brief rating scale for measuring attention and impulse control symptoms in a classroom, which includes both a set of questions and score sheet.

Enhancing Pediatric Mental Health Care: Report From the American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Mental Health (Pediatrics Supplement, June 2010)

Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care
The Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Primary Care table provides a listing of mental health screening and assessment tools, summarizing their psychometric testing properties, cultural considerations, costs, and key references.

Caring for Children with ADHD: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians, 2nd Edition
Available at the AAP store, this toolkit, published by the AAP and National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality (NICHQ), includes diagnosis information, including the Vanderbilt Assessment Scales and scoring resources, treatment information, and parent information and support resources.

Other Screening Tools

Screening for Maternal Perinatal Depression PDF
Tools and exemplary approaches for screening for maternal perinatal depression

Relevant Links

Developmental Screening Tool Kit for Primary Care Providers
Content was gathered from a number of reliable sources by Alison Schonwald MD, FAAP, a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. The Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded the creation of this Web site, consonant with the mission of Bright Futures. The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council funded the implementation of screening in the Children’s Hospital Primary Care Center, the home of this site’s Webmaster.

Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Resource Center (Web site developed by the National Academy for State Health Policy)

Help Me Grow
This is an example of a developmental surveillance program through the Children’s Trust Fund and the state of Connecticut.

FIRST 5 Association of California
The goal of this Web site is to meet California’s plan for a comprehensive and integrated system of information and services promoting early childhood development from prenatal to age 5, as well as to support the needs of parents of young children.

First Signs
This group advocates early detection of autism, and provides information about screening tools and treatment.

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