Pediatric Developmental Screening Tools – A List With Links

There are a number of pediatric developmental screening tools available to child care clinicians. Many are, unfortunately very expensive to use in office practice (due to royalty charges from the publisher).

Canadian family physicians, pediatricians, and dieticians use the Rourke Baby Record which is a free tool.

In March of 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published Birth To 5: Watch Me Thrive! – A Compendium of Screening Tools For Young Children, a 115 page PDF. What follows are excerpts from this publication:

The developmental screening tools in this compendium include:

  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire—3rd Edition
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire—Social-Emotional
  • Brigance Screens
  • Developmental Assessment of Young Children-2nd Edition
  • Early Screening Profiles
  • FirstSTEP Screening Test for Evaluating Preschoolers
  • Learning Accomplishment Profile—Diagnostic Screens
  • Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status
  • Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status: Developmental Milestones

For each developmental screener tool within this compendium, the profiles summarize the following information:

  • Background Information
  • Availability and Cost of Assessment
  • Training and Other Requirements for Assessors
  • Availability of an Information Reporting System
  • Approaches to Parental/Family Input
  • Appropriateness for Children from Different Backgrounds
  • Reliability and Validity Information
  • Sensitivity and Specificity Information
  • Availability of Guidance for Follow-up Actions


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