The Center for Disease Control states "developmental screening is a short test to tell if a child is learning basic skills when he or she should, or if there are delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be screened for developmental delays and disabilities during regular well-child doctor visits at 9 months, 18 months, and 24 or 30 months." As early childhood educators, you may implement or be asked to complete one of these screeners that can lead to early intervention.
Ages and Stages Questionaire (ASQ)
This parent-completed developmental and social-emotional screener pinpoints delays as early as possible. There are a number of ASQ forms to fit the early educator's needs.
The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA)
"DECA is a nationally normed assessment of within-child protective factors in preschool children aged two to five. It evaluates the effectiveness of individual child and program-wide interventions, provides developmentally appropriate strategies to foster resilience, effectively screens for emotional and behavioral concerns, emphasizes a team approach among professional and family members, meets programs' varying needs by allowing for flexible implementation, and meets Head Start and IDEA requirements for strength-based assessment as well as APA and NAEYC assessment guidelines."
Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA)
ITSEA "assesses for social or emotional problems and competencies in infants and toddlers and was designed to identify children with deficits or delays in these areas. It provides a comprehensive profile of problems and competencies with scores on 4 domains: 1) Externalizing, 2) Internalizing, 3) Dysregulation, 4) Competence. Each domain is comprised of a number of subscales. There are two versions, a Parent Form and a Childcare Provider Form."
Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA)
"The BITSEA is a brief screener of children's social or emotional behavior problems and competencies based on the Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (ITSEA). As with the ITSEA, it was designed to identify children with deficits or delays in these areas, with positive screens to be followed by administration of the full ITSEA."
Ages and Stages Questionnaires (Early on Oakland)
"Great Start Collaborative-Oakland and Early On Oakland, along with several community partners, are committed to ensuring that all children under the age of 5 years receive routine developmental screenings."