Brief Infant-Toddler Social & Emotional Assessment

This is a screen for social-emotional development and competencies for children from 12 to 36 months.

There is one form for all age groups. There is also a child-care provider form to review behavior in that setting.

Parents complete the 42-item form, which can be completed onsite or in the family environment. There are two additional questions that ask parents or caregivers "how worried" they are about the child's behavior, emotions, relationships, and language development. The questionnaire can be completed in 7 to 10 minutes. The content is written at the sixth-grade reading level.

Overview of scoring. The response categories are: "Not true/Rarely", "Somewhat true/Sometimes", and "Very true/Often", and are scored 0, 1, and 2 respectively. The threshold for identifying at-risk children varies by age. Scoring indicates either a possible problem or a possible deficit/delay in competencies. Please consult the manual for further scoring instructions.


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