Developmental/Behavioral Screening Tools

ResourceDescriptionAge RangeWhere to Find
General developmental screening tools
    Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)A series of 19 questionnaires used to screen infants and young children for developmental delays during the first 5 y of life4–60
    Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Social-Emotional (ASQ:SE)A series of 19 questionnaires used to screen infants and young children at risk for social or emotional difficulties, to identify behaviors of concern to caregivers, and to identify any need for further assessment6–60
    Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)A method for detecting developmental and behavioral-emotional problems in childrenBirth to 8
    Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status-Developmental Milestones (PEDS:DM)A collection of 6–8 items per age/encounter designed to replace informal milestones checklists with highly accurate items known to predict developmental statusBirth to 11
Autism-specific screening tools
    Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT)A screening tool for early detection of autism18 to ≥24
    Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT), Denver ModificationsCHAT scoring modifications18 to ≥24 mo
    Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-23 (CHAT-23)Combination of M-CHAT and CHAT items16–86 mo
    Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test (CAST)A parental questionnaire to screen for autism spectrum conditions4–11
    Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)23-item scale pointing to express interest, responsiveness to name, interest in peers, showing behavior, response to joint attention, social imitation16–48 mo
    Pervasive Developmental Disorders Screening Test-II, Primary Care Screener (PDDST-II PCS)A parental questionnaire to screen for autism spectrum conditions18–48
Autism-specific or psychosocial screening tools
    Pediatric intake form from Bright FuturesQuestionnaire to help gather a general understanding of the history, functioning, questions and concerns of the familyBirth to 21
ADHD screening tools
    Vanderbilt rating formsParent- and teacher-completed forms that help a clinician diagnosis ADHD and to categorize the problem into 1 of its various subtypes6–12
    AAP ADHD toolkitA comprehensive toolkit developed from evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD; this resource toolkit contains a wide array of screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support materials for clinicians and other health care professionals6–12
  • ADHD indicates attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.