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Practice Tools


​Freely Available Developmental and Behavioral Screening and Assessment Tools

Preliminary Mental Health Screening Scales

Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)
The PSC can be completed by parents and contains 35 items for children and adolescents ages 6-16. It is freely available free in English and Spanish. The PSC is designed to alert clinicians early to difficulties in functioning that may indicate current or potential psychosocial problems, so that early intervention might be provided. The PSC takes 5-10 minutes to complete.
It is available free here.
Link to scoring instructions

Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Screen (CAPS)
This 85-item screen is organized around symptoms of common psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents ages 3-21. It allows parents to prioritize symptoms rapidly to discuss with their clinicians. This screen is useful for identifying target symptoms or disorders, but it is not useful for monitoring the effects of treatment. It takes 15-20 minutes to complete.


Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised (MCHAT-R) for 12-30 months
Rating Scale, Scoring, and Follow-up Questions

Autism Research Center
The Autism Research Center has free downloadable tests in various languages for toddlers, children, and adults screening test for autism spectrum disorders including the CAST (Childhood Autism Spectrum Test which was formerly the Childhood Asperger Syndrome Test), CHAT, QCHAT, and Autism Spectrum Quotient.
Tests are available here

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Vanderbilt Rating Scale
Vanderbilt Follow-up Rating Scales


Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (MFQ)
Links to Parent and Child Screening Forms
Message from author about scoring


Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS)
SCAS is designed to evaluate symptoms relating to separation anxiety, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic-agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, and fears of physical injury in children ages 8-12. It contains 45 items that take about 5-10 minutes to complete. It is available here.

A 34-item preschool form (for ages 2.5-6.5 years) can be completed by parent which is available here.

Self-Report for Childhood Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)
This tool screens children and adolescents age 8 and older for anxiety disorders. SCARED contains 41 items that measures general anxiety, separation anxiety, social phobia, school phobia, and physical symptoms of anxiety.
Each screen takes 5 minutes to complete and is available here.

AAP Toolkits

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