Kent Inventory of Developmental Skills kids

For: Provides a clear picture of a child's developmental status and relative strengths and needs

Reading Level: Infancy through 15 months, or up to age 6 years when severe developmental disabilities are present

Format: Paper-and-Pencil, PC Based Software

Length: 45 minutes

Scoring: Computer Scored


Sample Reports

KIDS Sample Test Report


Jeanette Reuter, Ph.D., Lewis Katoff, Ph.D., and Chris Gruber, Ph.D.


The KIDS may be used to assess the developmental status of any infant under 15 months of age, or children, up to age 6, who have severe developmental disabilities. Completed by the child's caregiver, and therefore based on numerous behaviour observations across a wide range of conditions, the KIDS assesses the following domains:

  • Cognitive
  • Motor
  • Communication
  • Self-Help
  • Social

For each domain, the KIDS provides developmental age scores, which both parents and professionals find easy to understand.

The scale may be completed in about 45 minutes by a parent, teacher, nurse, or child care worker, anyone who is directly responsible for a significant portion of the child's daily care. If the caregiver has trouble reading or writing, a trained interviewer may read the KIDS items aloud and record the caregiver's responses. Otherwise, the caregiver need not be under professional supervision when completing the scale. They may complete it at home and return it for scoring.

The developmental age scores produced by the KIDS gives you a clear picture of the child's overall developmental status as well as their relative strengths and needs. The KIDS profile tells you whether the child is "developmentally delayed," "at risk," or "not delayed." In addition, standard scores allow you to compare developmental status across time, samples and measures. And optional developmental timetables identify emergent behaviours in each domain, behaviours that the child can be expected to learn next if development is proceeding normally.

The KIDS CD allows you to administer the inventory on your computer (or enter responses from the Answer Sheet), score it instantly, and print out a complete interpretive report on the spot. The computer report provides developmental age scores and standard scores for the full scale and each of the five domains. It explains the scores, noting any skills that are in the "delayed" or "at risk" range; it prints developmental timetables for each domain; and it suggests activities tailored to the child's specific developmental status.

Standardised on samples of healthy infants in the U.S. and Europe, the KIDS has proven valid with diverse populations, in various settings, including hospitals, neonatal ICU follow-up programs, early intervention programs, adoption agencies, parenting classes, and programs for mothers with substance abuse problems.

In addition, the KIDS offers economy, easy administration and scoring, and a natural way to bring caregivers into the assessment and treatment process, as mandated by IDEA (PL 101-476). It is an excellent first step in any early intervention program.

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