Disability Assessments

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Abel Screening Abel Screening

Assessments that allow clinicians to perform pyschosexual evaluation that objectively measure the clents interests. Inclludes a sexual interest survey adults (AASI-3), for boys and girls aged 12 - 17 (AASI-2) and assessment for individual with intellectual disabilities (ABID)

Bright Hub Education Bright Hub Education

Peabody Developmental Motor Scale The main purpose of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scale is to test the motor skills of children. Gross motor skills involve using large muscles such as in bending, balancing, crawling, walking, and jumping. Fine motor skills, on the other hand, involve using smaller muscles, particularly the muscles in the hand. A child, at a specific age, is expected to display proficiency at certain motor skills.

Canchild Canchild

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University Canada is a research centre dedicated to generating knowledge & transforming lives of children and youth with developmental conditions and their families 

Classification for Autism! New tool available

The Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC), provides a standardized and simplified way for clinicians, therapists, teachers, and parents to talk about what a child’s social communication abilities are – what they CAN do rather than what they cannot.

CanChild researchers and their colleagues in Sweden and the US. The first and best known of these classifications is the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS),


CanFASD Multidisciplinary Team Training for Diagnosis of FASD: An Online Curriculum
The curriculum was designed to assist professionals learn the processes and procedures of multidisciplinary FASD assessments and develop the skillset needed to be effective members of a multidisciplinary diagnostic team.

eMentalHealth.ca eMentalHealth.ca

Screening Tool: Autism Spectrum Disorder (in Children and Youth) This survey is designed to provide a quick assessment of whether your child might have signs or symptoms related to disorders that could be classified under “autism.” However, no test is 100% accurate. No matter what your score is, you should seek help from a health professional if you have any concerns about your child’s well-being.

First Signs First Signs

M-CHAT: Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers For toddlers 16-30 months to assess for risk of autism spectrum disorders.


DIR® and the DIRFloortime® Approach The Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®) Model is a framework that helps clinicians, parents and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges

Insight Psychological Insight Psychological

Insight Psychological – Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
When attempting to understand Developmental Disorders, exploring a psychological assessment can become a critical component in understanding the nuances needed to help adequately diagnose a specific disorder. At Insight Psychological, we have the most up- to-date psychological tests to explore, understand, identify and even diagnose many of the developmental disorders experienced by both adults and children.

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VB-MAPP: The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis. After the informant has generated a list of preferred stimuli, ask additional probe questions to get more specific information on the student’s preferences and the stimulus conditions under which the object or activity is most preferred (e.g., What specific TV shows are his favorite? What does she do when she plays with a mirror? Does she prefer to do this alone or with another person?)


DAYC-2 Developmental Assessment of Young Children-Second Edition
Used to identify children with possible delays in areas mandated for assessment and intervention by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Examiners may test only some or all five domains. Subdomain scores are provided for receptive language and expressive language within the Communication Domain and for gross motor and fine motor within the Physical Development Domain

CARS2™Childhood Autism Rating Scale, Second Edition 
The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) helps to identify children (2 years and older with Autism, specifically, distinguishing them from developmentally handicapped children who are not Autistic. In addition, it distinguishes between mid-to-moderate and severe Autism. Its brevity makes it a very useful tool to help you recognize and classify Autistic children

National Resource Centre on ADHD National Resource Centre on ADHD

Evaluation and Assessment Tools Clinicians evaluating a child for ADHD use a variety of assessment tools to gather information


Developing an eye-tracking algorithm as a potential tool for early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in children
Natalia I. Vargas-Cuentas, Avid Roman-Gonzalez, Robert H. Gilman, Franklin Barrientos, James Ting, Daniela Hidalgo, Kelly Jensen, Mirko Zimic PLoS One. 2017; 12(11): e0188826. Published online 2017 Nov 30. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188826 PMCID: PMC5708820

Identification of autism spectrum disorder using deep learning and the ABIDE dataset
Anibal Sólon Heinsfeld, Alexandre Rosa Franco, R. Cameron Craddock, Augusto Buchweitz, Felipe Meneguzzi Neuroimage Clin. 2018; 17: 16–23. Published online 2017 Aug 30. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.08.017 PMCID: PMC5635344

Brief Report: The ADOS Calibrated Severity Score Best Measures Autism Diagnostic Symptom Severity in Pre-School Children.
Wiggins LD, Barger B, Moody E, Soke G, Pandey J, Levy S. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Mar 6. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3072-x. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28265795

NYS Department of Health NYS Department of Health

The Developmental Assessment for Young Children With Possible Autism
A developmental assessment for children under age 3 is an attempt to assess various aspects of the child's functioning, including areas such as cognition, communication, behavior, social interaction, motor and sensory abilities, and adaptive skills. Assessment of the family and the child's environment also provides important contextual information

PDD Alberta Human Services -  Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) 2016 PDD Alberta Human Services - Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) 2016

On June 1, 2016, Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir committed to reviewing the Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) and bringing in a policy that is respectful in gauging the supports that people with developmental disabilities need. Identifying an alternative approach to planning supports for individuals in a fair, transparent and consistent manner will include exploring best practices, careful planning, and taking the necessary time to get it right.

Safety Standards update letter for individuals, families and guardians and service providers, May 3, 2016

Safety Standards News Release, April 1, 2016

PDD Safety Standards Consultation

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The Childhood Autism Spectrum Test or CAST (formerly the “Childhood Asperger’s Syndrome Test”) is a 39-item, yes or no evaluation aimed at parents. The questionnaire was developed by ARC (the Autism Research Centre) at the University of Cambridge, for assessing the severity of autism spectrum symptoms in children.

Stoelting Stoelting

More tools, resources and assessments available on the Stoelting Website.

DSM-IV-TR Age Range: 2-18 years Time: 20 minutes Restricted Use: Level B- requires that the user has completed graduate-level courses in tests and measurement at a university or has received equivalent documented training. The ASRS assists clinicians, school psychologists and other mental health professionals in the diagnostic process, using DSM-IV-TR symptom criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorders

SRS-2 Age Range: Preschool–2.5-4.5 years School-Age–4 through 18 years Adult–19 years and up Time: 15-20 minutes The SRS-2 identifies social impairment associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and quantifies the severity. It detects subtle symptoms, and differentiates clinical groups, both withing the Autism Spectrum, and between ASD and other disorder

The Autism Screening Instrument for Educational Planning – Third Edition (ASIEP-3) is a valid and reliable measure of Autism and related behaviors for teachers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, parents, or professional familiar with Autism. It was designed to identify individuals with Autism; assist in planning appropriate educational programs for those individuals; monitor performance and progress; and research Autism. Necessary data is collected from five main standardized component

ASDS - Diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome is difficult because it often resembles autism, behavior disorders, ADHD and learning disabilities The ASDS is a quick, easy-to-use rating scale. Its 50 yes/no items can be completed by parents, teachers, siblings, para-educators, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, psychiatrists or others who have had regular contact with the child for at least two weeks.

ABAS-II Widely used to evaluate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the ABAS-II assesses adaptive behavior in individuals from birth to 89 years of age. This convenient behavior rating scale measures daily living skills, what people actually do, or can do, without the assistance of others.

PDDBI-SV Quickly identifies children at-risk for an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Physician reimbursement for PDDBI-SV Ira Cohen, Ph. D. Age Range: 1.6-12.5 years Time: 5-10 minutes Restricted Use: Level B or S A rapid screening tool, the PDDBI-SV identifies Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) as defined in the DSM-IV-TR. It can be completed by parents or caregivers, and covers a wide spectrum of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors, and is useful in multiple applications

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ADHD Diagnosis Checklist This tool can be used as an aid to assist in the diagnosis of ADHD. The tool is meant to be completed after the clinician has finished an assessment of the young person including information obtained from a responsible family member or responsible adult who knows the youth well whenever possible

The Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC), The Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC),

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University Canada
The Autism Classification System of Functioning: Social Communication (ACSF:SC), provides a standardized and simplified way for clinicians, therapists, teachers, and parents to talk about what a child’s social communication abilities are – what they CAN do rather than what they cannot.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Screening Tool for Autism in Toddlers and Young Children (STAT™)
The STAT is an empirically based, interactive measure developed to screen for autism in children between 24 and 36 months of age. It is designed for use by community service providers who work with young children in assessment or intervention settings and who have experience with autism. The STAT consists of 12 items and takes about 20 minutes to administer. Activities assess key social and communicative behaviors including imitation, play, requesting, and directing attention. Also See
Online STAT™ Training Tutorial

Virginia Department of Education Virginia Department of Education

RAISD - Reinforcer Assessment for Individuals with Severe Disabilities: The purpose of this structured interview is to get as much specific information as possible from the informants (e.g., teacher, parent, caregiver) as to what they believe would be useful reinforcers for the student. Therefore, this survey asks about categories of stimuli (e.g., visual, auditory, etc.).


Developmental Profile™ 3 (DP™-3) Allows you to quickly screen a child for developmental delays in five key areas Birth through 12 years, 11 month

Test of Sensory Functions in Infants™ (TSFI™) - Offers an objective way to determine whether and to what extent an infant has sensory processing deficits 4 to 18 months

Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R)
Useful for diagnosing autism, planning treatment, and distinguishing autism from other developmental disorders. The Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R) is a standardized, semi - structured parent interview that is administered face – to - face by a trained clinician in approximately 2 - 3 hours. The ADI -R includes 93 items focusing on Early Development, Language/ Communication, Reciprocal Social Interactions, and Restricted, Repetitive Behaviours and Interests.