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Assessment Tools: Developmental assessment of young children

The assessment tool collection encompasses all assessments that are used in medical rehabilitation with a primary focus on physical therapy and occupational therapy.

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Developmental assessment of young children

Author: Judith K. Voress, Nils A Pearson and Taddy Maddox

Summary: The DAYC is a developmental, multidomain assessment instrument that measures different but interrelated basic skills in cognition, communication, social-emotional development, physical development, and adaptive behavior. Clinicians, interventionists, early childhood educators, teachers, diagnosticians, and psychologists may find the test battery useful for identifying children who are developing normally and those who are developmentally delayed; for diagnosing children?s strengths and weaknesses in specific developmental areas; for documenting and evaluating children?s progress in special intervention programs; and for research studies. Examiners who give and interpret the DAYC should have received formal training in assessment and have a thorough understanding of testing statistics and general procedures governing test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
Format1 examiner's manual (v, 63 p. ; 28 cm.) + 1 chart (4 p.), 5 scoring forms, 1 summary sheet

Library Record:  Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library Reserves (WS 105.5 E8 V953d 1998 ATOOLS)

Population: Designed for use with children from birth through 5 years, 11 months
Completion time: each subtest takes about 10-20 minutes to complete


  • 1 examiner's manual (v, 63 p. ; 28 cm.)
  • 1 chart (4 p.), 5 scoring forms
  • 1 summary sheet

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Determine Validity and Reliability    
To determine validity and reliability of this test copy and paste the search string into a PubMed (U of M faculty, students and affiliated users use this PubMed link):

("cognitive performance test") AND ((((("Reproducibility of Results"[Mesh]) OR "Sensitivity and Specificity"[Mesh])) OR (reliabl* OR valid*)) OR (sensitiv* AND specif*)) 

To search the validity and reliability in CINAHL copy and paste this search string into CINAHL (U of M faculty, students and affiliated users only)

(("cognitive performance test”) OR (IN cognitive performance test)) AND (( (MH "Reliability and Validity+") OR (MH "Measurement Issues and Assessments+") OR (MH "Predictive Validity") OR (MH "Sensitivity and Specificity") ) OR ( reliabil* OR valid* ) OR ( sensitivity and specificity ))

Use Policy

The Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library will provide assessment tools and outcome measures for loan to faculty, students and staff of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) with a valid University of Manitoba (U of M) Library ID. If you qualify to borrow a tool you will need to fill out and present this form to the NJMHSL Circulation staff.


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