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Table 1 Comparison of PEDS and ASQs as developmental screening tools

From: Health professional perceptions regarding screening tools for developmental surveillance for children in a multicultural part of Sydney, Australia

Characteristic PEDS ASQ
Screening approach Parents' developmental concerns Parents provide information about child’s skills
Format 10 questions covering 9 developmental concerns, 1 page Response options: no/yes/a little 30 questions covering 5 developmental domains, 3 pages Response options: yes/sometimes/not yet
Example of item Expressive language: “Do you have any concerns about how your child talks and makes speech sounds?” Communication skill at 18 mo: “Does your child say 8 or more words in addition to ‘Mama’ and ‘Dada’?”
Time to screen 5 min of parent time 10–15 min of parent time
1–2 min for provider/staff to score 1–2 min for provider/staff to score
Scoring summary Yields overall pass/fail score Path A: 2 significant concerns (refer for evaluation) Path B: 1 significant concern (administer formal skill-based screen) Yields overall pass/fail score Each of 5 domain subscales (eg, communication, fine motor) yields pass/fail score
Sensitivity 0.74–0.79 (moderate) 0.70–0.90 (moderate to high)
Specificity 0.70–0.80 (moderate) 0.76–0.91 (moderate to high)
Available languages Arabic, Chinese, Dinka, Vietnamese, Korean, Lao, Somali, Khmer, Tamil, Thai, Hindi, Indonesian Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Korean