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Developmental Screening for Social Emotional Health


When to screen: 18, 30, 36, 48, and 60 month well-child visits

The minimum screening periodicity recommended in the Louisiana Developmental Screening Guidelines (LDSG) is based on critical social emotional milestones that occur around these ages. Nearly 1 in 3 children (29%) age 3-17 in Louisiana have a mental, behavioral, developmental or emotional problem – the highest percentage in the nation. Social Emotional screens should be family-centered, meaning that they need to acknowledge that family members are the expert on their child's needs and abilities.

We recommend using one of the two tools listed below to screen for Social Emotional Health. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends screening every well-child visit from birth to age 21 as part of a psychosocial/behavioral assessment. The Louisiana Developmental Screening Guidelines (LDSG) recommends screening at 18, 30, 36, 48, and 60 month well-child visits at minimum.




Recommended Tool: Brief Early Childhood Screening Assessment (Brief-ECSA)

  • Cost: No Cost
  • Languages Available: English, Spanish, Romanian
  • Age Range: 18-60 months
  • What is Assessed: social emotional responding of child, caregiver depression 
  • Time to Complete: 2-3 minutes
  • Time to Score: less than 1 minute
  • Suggestions for When and Where: the initial questionnaire can be handed out by front desk staff and completed in the waiting room. Scoring should be completed in an exam room.



Recommended Tool: Ages and Stages Questionnaire: Social Emotional-2 (ASQ:SE-2)

  • Cost: $295 for starter kit, multiple options for systems integration
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French
  • Age Range: 1 – 72 months
  • What is Assessed: self-regulation, compliance, social-communication, adaptive functioning, autonomy, affect, and interaction with people
  • Time to Complete: 10-15 minutes to complete
  • Time to Score: 1-3 minutes to score
  • Suggestions for When and Where: can be handed out by front desk staff and completed in waiting room