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The Denver Developmental Screening Test was designed by Dr. William F. Frankenburg in Colorado to be used with apparently well children between birth and 6 years to cover needs of a low budget and easy test to detect and help prevent developmental difficulties. Objectives: Study and administration of test Calculate and record age line Identify portion of test which to begin Identify pass/fail criteria Rate childs behavior during test Identify scores Interpret test results Materials:

Small bell Red yarn Rattle Small glass bottle Raisins 2.5 cm wooden


Denver Protocol Sheet Tennis ball Pencil Drawings plates Letter size sheets

cubes *Important: This is not an IQ test 126 tasks/items: 1. Personal-Social: getting along with people and caring for personal needs 2. Fine Motor-Adaptive: eye-hand coordination, manipulation of small objects and problem-solving 3. Language: hearing, understanding, and using language 4. Gross Motor: sitting, walking, jumping, and overall large muscle movement Applications: Provides an organized, clinical impression of a childs overall development Alerts regarding the potential for developmental difficulties Provides comparisons with other children Not recommended as a predictor of later development Draw age line from top to bottom of page Date of test ______ year ____ month ___ day Date of birth ______ year ____ month ___ day Difference _________________________________ equals exact age ______ years ____ months___ days In each sector, administer 3 items nearest to the left of age line all items on (intersecting) the age line continue until 3 fails occur *Three trials are allowed to perform each item After test, record Test Behavior Rating Item Scoring: P for PASS, the child successfully performs or the caregiver reports (as appropriate) F for FAIL, the child does not successfully perform an item or the caregiver reports so N.O. for NO OPPORTUNITY (this is used on report items only) R for REFUSAL, the child refuses to attempt item (cannot be used on report items) Interpretation: Advanced Normal Caution Delayed No Opportunity Be Familiar with the Criteria Instruct the child with the words from the manual Observe the standards indicated for P/F Remember that 3 trials may be given Determine Results: Normal: no delays and maximum of 1 caution Suspect: 2 or more cautions and 1 or more delays Delayed: 2 or more delays in one or more sectors. (Remember if you have to borrow: 30 days = month; 12 months = year)