What is PEDS: Developmental Milestones (PEDS:DM©)?

  • Brief, reliable accurate indicators of children's skills across all developmental domains
  • 6 to 8 items per encounter
  • For children 0 through 7 years , 11months.  Additional measures for older children and adolescents included.
  • Each item taps a different developmental domain: expressive language, receptive language, fine motor, gross motor, social-emotional, self-help, academics in both reading and math (older children)
  • Clear criteria for scoring: failure on each item suggests probable difficulties in that domain and performance below the 16th percentile
  • Written at a 1st to 2nd grade reading level
  • Takes about 5 minutes to administer, one minute to score
  • Longitudinal monitoring of developmental progress
  • Replaces informal checklists with ones supported by scientific evidence
  • Standardized on more than 1600 children across the US
  • Validated against diagnostic measures of development
  • Highly accurate: sensitivity and specificity range from 70% to 95% across domains and across age levels
  • Includes an assessment level version for use in NICU and early intervention programs where more detailed test results and follow-along measurement are needed (offers age-equivalent and percentage of delay scores)


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