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Assessment Tools: Battelle Developmental Inventory (2nd ed.)

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Battelle Developmental Inventory (2nd ed.)

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Battelle Developmental Inventory (2nd ed.)

Author: Jean Newborg

Measurements: Personal-Social, Adaptive, Motor, Communication, and Cognitive ability

Summary: The Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-2) is an early childhood instrument based on the concepts of developmental milestones. As a child develops, he or she typically attains critical skills and behaviors sequentially from simple to complex. BDI-2 helps measure a child's progress along this developmental continuum by both global domains and discrete skill sets. (taken from the product website)

Format: BDI-2 administration is flexible and may begin in any of the five domains. The start point for each subdomain is clearly identified and is determined by the age or the estimated ability level for the child. Examiners proceed through each of the subdomains to determine the child's level of development. (See chart below for the structure of BDI-2 domains and subdomains.) BDI-2 items are child friendly and easy to administer. Based on the multifaceted information from Structured, Observational, and Interview items, BDI-2 can be used by an individual or team of professionals to create a comprehensive picture of a child's skills. Structured items incorporate authentic, play-based activities. Observation items occur in the child's natural setting. Interview items help obtain parent, teacher or caregiver information about the child using an open-ended question format. Each Interview item is written in a "script" format. This "scripting" helps ensure administration consistency, but also allows the examiner flexibility to query where necessary to ensure sufficient information is gathered. More than one-third of the items may be administered using multiple sources of information. The item-scoring criteria are clear and efficient. (taken from the product website)

Library Record:  WS 100 B335b2 2005 ATOOLS Parts 1&2 (Reserve Desk)

Population: All children ages birth to 7 years, 11 months of age
Scoring: PR, SS, AE, T score, Change Sensitive Score, and z score

Completion time: Complete BDI-2: 60-90 minutes; Screening Test: 10-30 minute


  • Contains a variety of objects and cards
  • Scoring sheets
  • Electronic scoring is also available


Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition (BDI-2) - Riverside Publishing

 Riverside publishing - battelle developmental inventory. Retrieved 4/14/2011, 2011, from

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