What is a Behavior Checklist?
A behavior checklist is a tool commonly used by physicians, school psychologists, and teachers to identify early stages of behavioral and emotional disorders in children. It allows physicians, carers, and parents to detect early stages of behavioral problems, their severity and help find a solution.
This article discusses: 1) the importance of performing child behavior checks; 2) the main types of behavioral checklists by age group; 3) software and tools to help you perform paperless behavior checks; and 4) example behavior checklist templates you can download for free.
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Why Perform a Child Behavior Check?
Conducting a behavior check helps physicians look into a child’s behavioral patterns to identify if they are showing symptoms of early childhood behavioral and emotional disorders (i.e Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Anxiety Disorder etc). This process can help determine whether the parent/ carer should seek professional help for the child and should not serve as a formal mental health diagnosis. Determining such patterns can help parents and teachers develop a good approach/ discipline when handling children.
Main Types of Child Behavior Checklists (CBCL) Based on Age
1. For ages 1½ -5/ Preschool
Children in this age group start to experience feelings of pride, shame, guilt, and embarrassment. Behaviors like meltdowns, and acting out when frustrated can be an indicator of future emotional or behavioral disorders. Questions in this checklist revolve around two categories: (1) General behavior (i.e Does the child scream a lot? Refuses to eat? Resists going to bed at night?) (2) Language development. (i.e Does the child spontaneously say words in any language? Does the child combine two or more words into phrases? Has anyone in the child’s family been slow in learning to talk? )
2. For ages 6 to 18/ School age/ Maturity
Ages between 6-18 are when children develop their sense of identity and they stride towards adulthood. The type of questions in this checklist is centered towards their activities, academics, and social behavior. (i.e How well does the child get along with his/ her brothers & sisters? Does the child argue a lot? Compared to other of the same age how well does the child spend in a specific hobby or sport?)
What is iAuditor and how can I use it for Behavioral Observations?
iAuditor is the world’s #1 digital form application. Physicians and teachers can use iAuditor to digitize their behavioral checklists and perform paperless behavior checks using their smartphone or tablet device.
- ✔ Take photo evidence of child behavioral patterns and include detailed notes
- ✔ Customize your behavioral checklists with specific questions
- ✔ Generate reports on your device and instantly share with parents and colleagues
- ✔ All records are securely saved in the cloud and accessible online
- ✔ Spend less time on paperwork and more time observing child behaviors