Screening tests for children

Screening for depression in children

A depressive episode in a young child often manifests as somatic complaints and agitated behaviour. Depressed children may have normal sleep and appetite. Children often refer to depressive feelings in terms of anger, or feeling “mad” rather than sad.Negativistic behaviour, anger, truancy, impulsivity and alcohol or illicit substance use can develop secondary to a depressive…

The severity of somatic symptoms

Somatic symptom disorder is characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms — such as pain or fatigue — that causes major emotional distress and problems functioning. The PHQ-15 is widely used as an open-access screening instrument for somatisation syndromes in different health care settings. Take the PHQ-15 online, instant results. PHQ 15 ONLINE Here…

Screening test for anxiety in children

Anxiety disorders are characterized by fear, worry, or dread that is is disproportionate to the circumstances at hand and greatly impairs the child's ability to function normally . Anxiety may result in physical symptoms. Early identification and treatment of anxiety in children leads to better outcomes. The SCARED is a child and parent self-report instrument…

What does your child think of their support systems?

A support system consists of the people and processes you have in place to help you in your everyday life. Support systems are extremely important for children. Optimal support systems can help children enhance skills, resolve problems and promote optimal development. The Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS) is a 12-item scale designed to…

ADHD screening test for children

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder that can be treated. As the name suggests, it is characterized by symptoms such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour. Although the symptoms of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity begin in childhood, it can lead to continuing issues in adolescence and adulthood. The SWAN is an 18-item parent questionnaire…

OCD Screening test for children

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by the presence of intrusive obsessions and distressing compulsions. OCD causes considerable distress and often disrupts normal work and occupational functioning. It was once believed that OCD was a rare disorder, but its prevalence has been on the rise. The Short Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder Screener (SOCS) is recommended by the National…

Screening for specific learning disabilities

Specific learning disability (SLD) typically hampers with a child's academic performance despite normal or above average intelligence. Having a learning disability affects a child’s ability to deal with information, to read, write, speak ad/or do maths. Early detection of specific learning disorders can help make life far easier for children affected by them. Take a…

Screening for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a commonly diagnosed group of behavioral problems in children and adolescents. ODD is characterized by a pattern of an angry or irritable mood, defiant or argumentative behavior, and vindictiveness toward people in authority. The child's behavior may be present in one or more social situations. Take a ODD screening test…

Developmental monitoring checklist

By your baby’s first birthday, he/she may be developing his/her own temperament, and smay have gained a few helpful skills as well. Every child develops differently and there are certain milestones along the way that are typical signs of development. The following checklist will help you monitor your child's growth up to an age of…

The exam anxiety test.

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This is a short questionnaire will determine if a student experiences test anxiety. To complete the evaluation, read through each statement and reflect upon past experiences during tests and exams. You may wish to consider all testing experiences or focus on a particular subject (history, science, math, etc.) one at a time. The Yerkes Dodson…

Does my child have ADHD ? Take the ADHD screening test.

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ADHD is a common childhood onset behavioral disorder. It involves disturbances in 3 domains Hyperactivity (being over-active or always on the go), inattention (trouble sustaining  attention) and impulsivity (doing things without thinking). Children must show 6 or more of these symptoms on a regular basis for more than 6 months, across two settings, like home…

Autism test online

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior. People with ASD have: Difficulty with communication and interaction with other people Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors Symptoms that hurt the person’s ability to function properly in school, work, and other areas of life The adult AQ (Autism Quotient) was developed because…