A behavioral screening provides a snapshot of your child’s social-emotional functioning and well-being. Completing the behavioral screen allows you to objectively monitor your child’s behavior and may highlight areas of possible concern. See below for more information, instructions for completing the screening, and activities you can do to improve your child’s social-emotional functioning.
- How do I complete a screening?
This screening shows how well your child processes thoughts and feelings, and interacts with others. Click the link below to access the online screening, or follow the instructions to contact Help Me Grow and do the screening over the phone or have one sent in the mail!
Follow these EASY STEPS TO HELP YOUR CHILD GROW:
- It’s free. Complete a free behavioral screening questionnaire online: English & Spanish.
- No internet access? Contact Help Me Grow Marin at (415)720-1283 to request assistance with filling out the screening over the phone or have a copy sent to you in the mail.
- Follow up. After you have completed your screening, a member of the Help Me Grow team will contact you with your child’s results by telephone. The Help Me Grow Care Coordinators will discuss your child’s behavior and answer any questions you might have. If your child is found to need special support, our team will connect you with agencies and resources that can help.
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Social-emotional development: Just as important as walking and talking
The significance of social and emotional development is seen in every area of a child’s life. A child will have a strong foundation for later development if he or she can manage personal feelings, understand others’ feelings and needs, and interact positively with others. Differences in social and emotional development result from a child’s inborn temperament, cultural influences, disabilities, behaviors modeled by adults, the level of security felt in a child’s relationships with adults, and the opportunities provided for social interaction. Click on the learning tab at the bottom of this page to learn more about what you can expect for your child’s social-emotional development, plus fun activities that will help your child grow to have strong connections with others throughout their life.
Tips to help you complete the screening.
- The screening will ask you to answer each question as: Often or Always, Sometimes, or Rarely or Never. An “Often or Always” answer means your child does this regularly. “Sometimes” means you have seen your child do the activity a few times but it hasn’t become a regular thing yet. “Rarely or Never” refers to activities you haven’t seen your child complete yet.
- The behavioral screening also allows you to mark questions as a concern. Putting a check in the concern box will let the Help Me Grow Care Coordinators who review the screening know that you and your child might need extra support for this area of their social-emotional development.
- Fill out as many questions you already know the answers to first.
- Work with your child to complete the activities you don’t know the answers to. Make sure your child is fed and well-rested before trying any new activities!
- Ask other family members and friends to help you answer the questions. Doing the developmental screening can be a fun activity for everyone, especially older siblings.
- Be patient and enjoy this time with your child!