Developmental screening instruments (DSIs) refer to tools used in the process of identification of a disability or delay. Screening instruments are meant to provide a snapshot of early child development. They are used to determine if there is a need for further, more comprehensive evaluation. Results from DSIs are used to make referrals for diagnostic evaluation(s), track child development, and conduct universal screening efforts.

This entry provides information about DSIs used for early detection of developmental problems in young children. DSIs contain items meant to differentiate typical from atypical performance in various areas of development that may include, but are not limited to, the following domains: adaptive, cognitive, communication, fine motor, gross motor, and social and emotional.


A framework for the use of DSIs starts with a ...

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