Assessment and screening tools
Various assessment and screening tools are employed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the child and family dynamics. Through observation and assessment, we strive to identify the most suitable support tailored to meet the unique needs of you and your family.
This is a non-standardised tool developed by Kelly Mahler (Occupational Therapist) used to evaluate understanding in five areas of self-regulation.
Interoception assessment is a process used to evaluate and understand an individual's interoceptive abilities.
Interoception refers to the perception and awareness of internal bodily sensations, such as hunger, thirst, heartbeat, and emotions.
Assessing interoception helps professionals, such as therapists, educators, and healthcare providers, gain insights into how well a person can recognise and interpret their internal sensations.
Ages & Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional Development Screening Tool
Set of questionnaires to understand children’s social-emotional development from 6 to 60 months which can be self-administered by parents/caregivers.
Doing this screening provides a quick look at how children are doing in important areas, such as self-regulation, communication, autonomy, compliance, adaptive functioning, affect, and interaction with people. Can also help identify identify young children at risk for social or emotional difficulties.
The Graded Care Profile
The Graded care Profile Tool is a practice tool that provides an objective measure of the quality of care in terms of a parent/carer's commitment.
A Tool to measure Parenting Self Efficacy (TOPSE)
TOPSE has been developed as a tool, which is sensitive to parenting in the UK (Kendall and Bloomfield 2005). TOPSE developed through focus group work with parents and parenting programme facilitators, to explore the range of challenges and difficulties faced by parents of children under the age of six years and parents’ perceived ability to manage their children, based on their own views and experiences (Bloomfield, Kendall et al. 2005).
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
The strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ) is a short behavioural screening questionnaire for children aged 3 to 16. The questionnaire is used to assess children’s mental health, and can be completed by children and young people themselves, by their parents or by their teachers.
The Trauma Expression and Connection Assessment
The TECA is an assessment process which shapes the understanding of trauma expressions which a child or young person may be displaying. It helps to make sense of how their trauma history is impacting them in their behavioural and relational presentations. The TECA understands that central to trauma responsive practice is the presence of safety and promotion of strong, safe and healthy relationships which can be used as a resource to support healing. The TECA is a tool to support co-regulation, decreasing a child/young person’s trauma behaviours/symptomology by recommending prescribed therapeutic responses which are matched to their needs.
Thinking about your child questionnaire
Questionnaire to measure parental response in relation to the child/young person (Golding,K).
The Parental Stress Scale
The Parental Stress Scale (PSS) is an 18-item questionnaire assessing parents feelings about their parenting role, exploring both positive aspects (e.g. emotional benefits, personal development) and negative aspects of parenthood (e.g. demands on resources, feelings of stress).