ERIC Number: ED382308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Take a Good Look: Developmental Screening.
Lewis, Eleanore Grater
Developmental screening is a brief survey of a child's level of functioning in the areas of fine and gross motor skills, cognitive abilities, speech and language (communication), social and emotional development, and sensory functioning. Screening differs from assessment, which is conducted after screening and may mean either a diagnostic evaluation conducted by a specialist, or an ongoing process to determine children's developmental progress. Assessment may also be used to plan appropriate curriculum for children. The paper provides information on the results of screening tests, discusses the Head Start mandate concerning screening, and lists what should be included in the screening process. The attributes of a good standardized screening measure are listed as validity, reliability, developmental content, norms, brevity, efficiency, cost effectiveness, special needs, space needs, administration, clarity of instruction, target, and scoring. The benefits and pitfalls of using a standardized tool are examined, as well as how, when, and by whom screening should be conducted. Developmental screening needs to be a part of preschool programs. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.