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Brief Infant Toddler Social Emotional Assessment


Overview: Brief comprehensive screening instrument to evaluate social and emotional behavior.

Age Range: 12 to 36 months

Other Languages: Spanish

Completion Time: 7 to 10 minutes

Norms: National sample of 600 children. Clinical groups included language delayed, premature, and other diagnosed disorders.

Scores/Interpretation: Problem Total Score and Competence Total Score

Scoring Options: Manual scoring

Publication Date: 2006


Product Details

With the growing importance of early intervention comes the need to identify emerging social-emotional problems in infants and toddlers. The nationally-normed BITSEA is an effective screening test of children ages 12 to 36 months.

BITSEA quickly determines the possibility of a problem or delay.

  • Cost-effective routine screener— ideal for monitoring progress over time
  • Quick and easy to administer
  • 42-item Parent Form completed on-site or in family environment
  • Child Care Provider Form allows you to look at behavior across settings
  • Especially suited for settings with limited time, resources, and/or technical training

If social-emotional and competency developmental delays are identified, follow-up with ITSEA for further assessment.

ITSEA provides an in-depth analysis to guide intervention planning.

  • 17 subscales address four domains
  • 166-item Parent Form and Child Care Provider Form
  • Focuses on strengths and weaknesses
  • Scoring Assistant® software provides an easy-to-understand Parent Report

ITSEA Domains and Subscales

1. Externalizing

  • Activity/Impulsivity
  • Aggression/Defiance
  • Peer Aggression

2. Internalizing

  • Depression/Withdrawal
  • General Anxiety
  • Separation Distress
  • Inhibition to Novelty

3. Dysregulation

  • Sleep
  • Negative Emotionality
  • Eating
  • Sensory Sensitivity

4. Competence

  • Compliance
  • Attention
  • Imitation/Play
  • Mastery Motivation
  • Empathy
  • Pro-social Peer Relations

Unique, Dual Solution

The ITSEA/BITSEA is unique in that it focuses on competencies, as well as deficits, and relies on input from the parent and child care provider.

The psychometrically sound ITSEA/BITSEA is highly targeted to the subtle growth and developmental stages of infants with norms presented in 6-month age bands. Validation studies include ABAS-II and Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart.

Psychometric Information

The Parent Form was nationally standardized on 600 children based on the 2002 U.S. Census. Clinical groups include language delayed, premature, developmental delay, and autism spectrum disorder.

Features & Benefits

  • Comprises the most discriminating ITSEA™ items
  • Provides Parent Form and Childcare Provider Form to help obtain a well-rounded perspective on the child
  • Developed to be sensitive to the emotional state of parents who are struggling to identify problem areas in their child’s social-emotional development
  • Can be followed up with the ITSEA for further comprehensive evaluation

Pricing & Ordering

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Order Components

Manual Scoring
  • Kits



  • BITSEA Kit
    Includes: BITSEA Manual, 25 BITSEA Parent Forms, 25 BITSEA Childcare Provider Forms
  • Manuals



  • BITSEA Manual
  • Administration Materials



  • BITSEA Childcare Provider Form
    Pkg of 50
  • BITSEA Parent Form
    Pkg of 50
  • BITSEA Score Summary Form
    Pkg of 100
  • BITSEA Parent Form - Spanish
    Pkg of 50
  • BITSEA Childcare Provider Form - Spanish
    Pkg of 50
Software-based Scoring and Reporting
  • Kits



  • ITSEA and BITSEA Combo Kit with Scoring Assistant
    Includes ITSEA Manual, BITSEA manual, 25 each of ITSEA Parent Forms and Childcare Provider Forms, and 25 each of the BITSEA Parent Forms and Childcare Provider Forms and Scoring Assistant
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