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Canadian Paediatric Society

Behavioural and General Developmental Screening Tools

Screening tool

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Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ)


4 months to 5 years


10–20 minutes

For purchase
Available in French

These questionnaires assess a child’s global development: gross motor, fine motor, language functions and social-emotional development, adaptive skills. Screening tool for developmental delay and to identify specific strengths and weaknesses a child may present

Child Developmental Inventory (CDI)

15 months to 16 years


30-50 minutes

Requires permission for use

Used for children 16 months to 6 years of age to assess development in 8 areas of functioning including cognitive and language.

Author reports internal consistency alphas, categorized by age range and by scale, ranging from .43 to .92.

Author reports evidence of convergent and construct validity, as well as age discriminative validity.

Conners Early Childhood

2–6 years

Parent, teacher, caregiver

5–25 minutes depending on type of assessment

For purchase

To assess a child’s social, emotional, behavioural development. 

HEADSS for Adolescents

12–18 years

Physician with patient

5–10 minutes


Provides questions to ask of adolescents that may point out areas of concern. This tool may be used to identify risky behaviours as well as for health promotion (seat belt, helmet, protective gear use).

Nipissing District Developmental Screen


Up to 6 years


Under 5 minutes

For purchase in several languages

The NDDS is currently offered free to health professionals in Ontario.

Examines 13 key developmental stages. 

PEDS: Parents’ evaluation of developmental status.

Birth to 11 years



Permission required to use.
Available in French

Used to screen for developmental delays in children

Author reports an internal consistency reliability (alpha) of 0.81, test-retest reliabilities of 0.80-1.00, and inter-rater reliabilities of 0.80-1.00 as well

Author reports evidence of good sensitivity and specificity, discriminative validity, and convergent/concurrent validity. 

Youth resiliency: Assessing Development Strengths (YR:ADS)

13–18 years



Permission required for use.

Assesses factors associated with adolescent resilience such as: parental support/expectations, peer relationships, community cohesiveness, commitment to learning, school culture, cultural sensitivity, self-control, empowerment, self-concept, social sensitivity


Last updated: Mar 21 2016