Screening Instruments

  • Stewart Gabel
  • Gerald D. Oster
  • Steven M. Butnik


Screening procedures provide rapid, rough approximations of functioning in one or more potential problem areas for a child and offer hypotheses, when results are positive, which can be followed up with more definitive diagnostic assessment. Although some other tests in this book could at times be considered within the realm of screening instruments, the several methods described in this chapter are generally accepted screening measures which rapidly ascertain, in a global fashion, current levels of functioning and measure acquired skills in comparison to developmental norms. Screening instruments do not attempt to delineate a child’s particular strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, they are not justifiably used in making important educational or clinical decisions. The Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST), the Developmental Screening Inventory (DSI), the Draw-A-Person technique, the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), and the Slosson Intelligence Test are all examples of what are typically regarded as screening devices.


Screen Instrument Screen Device Peabody Picture Vocabulary Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test Receptive Language Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stewart Gabel
    • 1
  • Gerald D. Oster
    • 2
  • Steven M. Butnik
    • 3
  1. 1.New York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterWhite PlainsUSA
  2. 2.Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents (RICA)RockvilleUSA
  3. 3.Independent PracticeRichmondUSA

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