Developmental and Social–Emotional Screening of Young Children (0–6 years of age) in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Department of Education Minnesota Department of Health

Instruments At A Glance for Minnesota Clinics and Providers

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The use of standardized screening instruments to perform developmental and social-emotional screening in young children may pose challenges to some practices because of limited knowledge of reliable screening instruments and limited time during office visits to screen patients. Parent report screening instruments decrease these barriers by providing a quick and standardized way to screen patients.

The developmental and social–emotional screening instruments listed below are those most commonly used by health care providers. This list is a subset of all standardized developmental and social-emotional screening instruments recommended by the Minnesota Interagency Developmental Screening Task Force (Task Force). For an overview of standardized screening instruments and a complete list of recommended observational, parent report, and social–emotional screening instruments recommended for use by the Task Force and approved for use by the Minnesota Department of Education for the Early Childhood Screening program*, refer to All Instruments at a Glance.

Recommended Standardized Screening Instruments
Frequently Used by Minnesota Clinics and Providers

(Updated 9/1/2014)

Table 1: Developmental Screening Instruments

Ages and Stages Questionnaires, 3rd Ed.
Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status
Type Parent Report Parent Report
Age Birth – 5 1/2 yrs. Birth through 7 yrs.
Staff Required Para–professional scorer Para–professional scorer
Staff Time 2 – 3 min. 2 – 5 min.
Sensitivity 86.1% 75%
Specificity 85.6% 74%
Language English, Spanish, others English, Spanish, Vietnamese
Cost Contact the publisher for more information. Contact the publisher for more information.

Table 2: Social–Emotional Screening Instruments


Ages and Stages Questionnaires:
Pediatric Symptom Checklist
Type Parent Report Parent Report
Age 3 months to 5 1/2 years 4 – 18 years
Staff Required Para–professional scorer Para–professional scorer
Staff Time 1 – 5 minutes 2-12 minutes
Sensitivity 71 – 85% 88 – 92%
Specificity 90 – 98% 68 – 99%
Language English, Spanish English, Spanish, others
Cost Contact the publisher for more information. Available at no cost

*The Early Childhood Screening Program requires use of both a parent report and an observational screening instrument to meet the developmental screening component (Minnesota Rule 3530.3400, Subp. 3).

Related Links
(Last accessed in September 2014)

Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Program

Bright Futures: Social and Emotional Development Tools

The Commonwealth Fund: A Practical Guide for Improving Child Developmental Services

Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Online

Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Minnesota Chapter National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (MN NAPNAP)