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Screening and Assessment tools for Social Emotional Mental health

Screening and Assessment tools for Social Emotional Mental health

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I've used biopsychosocial assessment tools in the past, but these are so detailed and bulky...too detailed to be used with my 75 student caseload and much information would be duplicated from what the school district that I work within has already compiled. I'm sure that there are some simple, practical screening or assessment tools out there that focuses particularly on social, emotional, mental health in students K-12. Any suggestions?

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Suzanne's picture

You can use the VINELAND inventory of skills and have teacher and parent complete. What we are looking at is behavior. How do students use social emotional skills to get what they want? Mental Health is based on behavioral health.

Laverne E Denyer's picture

I'm looking for self-evaluation tools (free) online for my Child Development and Life Management classes. Any ideas? Thanks.

Katy Kramer Lee's picture

Jed Baker has a book that includes a social skills checklist to guide interventions and lessons.

Resource Specialist's picture

Set up prompts for the child to respond to: tally the times you must repeat prompt and record
Set up a hypothetical situation and ask children to give their solution
For older children, have students write a personal essay (do not correct the writing since you are looking only at content) in response to a question in the area in which you are observing
Observe your students and keep records of their behavior - you can do this for a period of 10 minutes a day, three days a week, or whatever you feel works
Observe your students reactions to novelty situations
Listen closely to your students and examine the language they use
Rate their behaviors over a period of time both through observation and self-reporting
These are just a few of the things you can do informally in your class to help your students.

There are a number of opinion surveys such as BASC which questions teachers, parents and the student.

All in all, as an experienced teacher, you will be able to pick up these things from your students just by your day to day contact.

Ilene Stark's picture

You might want to look at the website of the Devereux Foundation. They have a wonderful, easy to use, assessment tool that assesses internal child protective factors related to resilience for both early childhood and school age children. In addition to assessment, this tool comes with strategies for parents and teachers to work together to strengthen child resilience both at home and at school. I helped implement this tool in a state funded, comprehensive, free preschool program and the outcomes were distinct and impressive. It was wonderful to be able to articulate our outcomes in this, most important area.

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Ms. Evans
Founder of EVS Orlando Tutor

School phycologists have assessments they use here that are also very detailed. It can be a problem here as well with the duplication of information and with screenings varying from one school to the next and from one district to the next. As an expert with the diversities among groups of children, I can say this. A detailed study of the parents of the child in question may well be the most important factor in helping the child. Often the parents need intervention and help that is overlooked and completely gets left burdening the child, if that makes sense. If the parents can be offered community outreach help, then the child will also benefit. The family will grow together, which is commonly the underlying need and hope for a family dealing with social and emotional challenges or those of their child.

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Mary Kate Land
Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

Hi Jeanne,

Thank you for keeping us updated on the important work CASEL is doing to promote SEL nationwide!

Mary Kate

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