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

Developmental Screening Social Emotional Tools

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Developmental Screening Social Emotional Tools
Tool Ages & Stages Questionnaire - Social and Emotional (ASQ-SE) - 2002 Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) - 2006 Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) - 1998
Purpose “An easy-to-use tool with a deep, exclusive focus on children’s social and emotional behavior.” “A screener for social-emotional/behavioral problems and delays in competence.” “A brief screening questionnaire that is used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.”

Developmental Areas or Methods

Addresses 7 behavioral areas: self-regulation, compliance, communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, interaction with people.

Externalizing, internalizing, dysregulation, and competencies.

Screens for general psychosocial problems.

Population and age span targeted by tool 6-60 months (with separate questionnaires for 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 month intervals; each interval can be used for an age range). 12-36 months 4-18 years
Cultural, ethnic, linguistic sensitivity

Written at 6th grade reading level.

Available in English and Spanish

Normed on an ethnically and socially diverse population.

Written at 5th-6th grade reading level.

Available in English and Spanish

Test population was a large representative sample.

Written at 5th-6th grade reading level.

Available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Inter-rater: 0.82

Test-Retest: 0.94

Test-retest: 0.82-0.90

Inter-rater (mother/father): 0.58-0.79

Test-retest: 0.84 to 0.91


Concurrent: 0.93

Evaluator ratings of dysregulation correlated significantly with ITSEA; ITSEA dysregulation correlated with evaluator ratings of Internalizing/Externalizing problems.

The report issued by the authors used specificity and sensitivity measures for validity.


Sensitivity: 71-85%

Specificity: 90-98%

Sensitivity: 80-99%

Specificity: 80-89%

Sensitivity: 80-95%

Specificity: 68-100%
Practicality (time to administer & score, ease of administration)

10-15 minutes to complete.

1-5 minutes to score.

Manual, video, and seminars available.

7-10 minutes to administer.

2-5 minutes if a parent completes; 9-12 minutes if an interview is needed.

2 minutes to score.
Minimum expertise for screeners and scorers Can be scored by a paraprofessional. Individuals who are trained in the administration of psychometric tests should assess children's results. No special qualifications for scoring.
Online Component Online scoring and reporting with ASQ Online None Can be completed online on PSC website.
Cost (contact publisher for current cost) $225 for the starter kit $116 for BITSEA Kit, $44.50 for 50 parent forms or childcare provider forms Available online for free download
Publisher Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Pearson Assessments Massachusetts General Hospital