ERIC Number: ED408517
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-9
Feasibility of an Infant Developmental Screening Using Mothers' Reports.
Schuster, Joneen; Reuter, Jeanette
An individualized infant screening/parent education program using the Kent Infant Development (KID) Scale to identify infants at risk for developmental delay and to provide parent education and counseling about infant behavioral development is examined here. The screening was integrated into established community agencies, utilizing current agency staff. A 3-hour training module, outlining administration and interpretation procedures, was offered to 12 early intervention specialists from 10 area community agencies. The counselors recruited 46 mothers of infants to complete a KID Scale. Mothers then received feedback on the developmental status of their infants, as well as counseling on how to relate to their infants in the near future. Results indicate that 4 of the screened infants were experiencing developmental difficulties and that 36 of the mothers benefited from talking about their child's development. All mothers and agency personnel attested to their satisfaction with the screening program. Findings show that existing personnel in a variety of community agency settings can be trained to counsel mothers about their infant's development. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).