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
Link to scoring instructions
Home Situations Questionnaire (HSQ)
This questionnaire, used with children and adolescents ages 4-11, supplements scales such as the Child Behavior Checklist and Conner Parent Rating Scales-Revised. It contains 16 items and takes 5 minutes to complete. The HSQ lists a number of common circumstances at home in which behavior problems are most likely to arise. Parents can indicate the severity of behavior problems for each situation.
The HSQ is available online in PDF format
School Situations Questionnaire (SSQ)
The SSQ helps teachers identify the types of situations, from a total of 12 items, in which the child's behavioral problem is apparent at school. Like the HSQ, the SSQ is used with children ages 4-11 and takes 5 minutes to complete. The scale counts the frequency of problem occurrence as well as the severity of each problem area.
The questionnaire is available online in PDF format
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.
It is available
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers-Revised (MCHAT-R) for 12-30 months
Rating Scale, Scoring, and Follow-up Questions
CSBS DP Infant-Toddler Checklist from 3-24 months
Directions and Scoring Instructions
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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Vanderbilt Rating Scale
Parent Rating Scale
Teacher 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
A 34-item preschool form (for ages 2.5-6.5 years) can be completed by parent which is available
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
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