Screening for Social and Emotional Concerns: Considerations in the Selection of Instruments

The following resource provides tips for screening problem behavior in infants and young children. Administrators and teachers may find this resource useful to better choose appropriate instruments for screening programs and initiatives.

An effective comprehensive screening program requires a long-term investment of time, money, and personnel resources. Although the initial investment may be substantial, long-term benefits may include an overall decrease in costly special education referrals and grade retentions. Challenges of the 21st century require a systems approach to early intervention and prevention services informed by valid and reliable data collection. Universal screening programs are essential to ensuring that the children who need services earliest get just that.


Topic:Health Services Management

Keywords:Developmental screeningChild screening and assessment

Resource Type: Publication

National Centers: Early Childhood Health and Wellness

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