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PEDS is a tool to help practitioners check on your child’s development by learning from any concerns that you might have. You will complete a short, 10-item questionnaire that addresses your child’s development and wellbeing.
PEDS questions cover:
The practitioner will then discuss any concerns that you have and complete the scoring and interpretation of PEDS.
PEDS is different to many tools that practitioners use with parents. It is informed by research that shows that parental concerns are fairly accurate in identifying developmental, language and behavioural problems in children. Completing PEDS supports you to talk about any worries that you may have in regard to different aspects of your child’s health, development or wellbeing. This helps the practitioner to provide you with information or interventions related to your concerns, perform further assessment of your child, and/or make appropriate referrals if needed.
You may need to complete the PEDS questionnaire on a regular basis as part of your appointments or visits with health, early childhood or education practitioners. PEDS may be part of a screening process that is used with all children (under 8 years) in your community. Ongoing assessment of your child’s health and development helps both you and the practitioner to monitor any changes and, if necessary, act early.
The first few years of life are a time of significant and rapid development. The strong influence of early experiences on the growing baby and child makes these early years of life a period of great opportunity and great vulnerability. If developmental concerns or delay can be identified in these early years, there is evidence that acting early can make a significant difference to improving long-term outcomes for children.
PEDS is used by health and education practitioners in Australia in:
If you would like to learn more about child development and behaviour please visit these websites:
Raising Children Network
Harvard Center on the Developing Child
Zero to Three