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Using PEDS as a screening tool has been validated against standard psychometric tests in a series of studies in the USA. Information published by Glascoe et al (2013) highlighted the sensitivity (91–97 per cent) and specificity (73–86 per cent) of the PEDS screening tool. It also has the advantage of involving parents in the process. The sensitivity of PEDS in relation to the identification of disabilities i.e. learning, intellectual, language, mental health, autism spectrum and motor disorders was noted to be between 71 and 87 per cent. Find out more
PEDS was re-standardised in 2012. Find out more.
Recent studies have found no differences in the accuracy of parental concerns on the basis of socio-economic status, number of children in the family, birth order, participation in day care, or parenting experience.
The Department of Health and Ageing chose to include PEDS in the National Child e-Health record because of its simplicity and validity.
PEDS: Developmental Milestones (PEDS:DM)
Screening tools such as PEDS:DM, BRIGANCE and the Ages and Stages Questionnaire can be used as a secondary or screen to increase specificity following the application of PEDS. These tools can also be used as a primary screen when PEDS is not appropriate, as indicated on the PEDS Interpretation form if there are:
Training is also provided for those experienced practitioners wishing to become PEDS trainers. Read more about PEDS training.
PEDS has been used in a wide variety of research studies to screen children’s development, either as a means of determining eligibility for a particular study or as an outcome measure.
You can purchase hard copies of the PEDS Brief Administration and Scoring Guide as well as PEDS Response, Score and Interpretation Forms by submitting this order form.
You can also download a free copy of the PEDS Brief Administration and Scoring Guide after completing a short questionnaire here.
When using PEDS in the Child Electronic Health Record, you only need to purchase the PEDS Score and Interpretation Forms because the ten-item PEDS Response Form is already part of the National Child e-Health record.