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
Publication Date: 2006
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
- Peer Aggression
- General Anxiety
- Separation Distress
- Inhibition to Novelty
- Negative Emotionality
- Sensory Sensitivity
- Mastery Motivation
- 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.
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