Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status, or PEDS, is an evidence based screening tool for children 0 to 8 years, that elicits and addresses parents' concerns about a chid's development, behavior and mental health. PEDS is a simple, 10-item questionnaire that is completed by the parent.

PEDS saves time, promotes family collaboration and willingness to return for future visits. It is published in many languages and includes abundant information to support helping parents learn about child-rearing.

PEDS is a validated, accurate screen eliciting parents’ concerns, in their own words, about their child’s development and behavior. It takes about 5 minutes for parents to complete, and 1- 2 for clinician to score.


  • Reveals whether to refer, give advice, provide watchful waiting, screen further or reassure.
  • Reduces “oh by the way” concerns, increases attendance at well-visits.
  • Can be used with children of any age from birth until 8 years of age.
  • Includes a Brief Guide to Administration, a Response Form, a longitudinal Score/Interpretation Form, and an optional Manual for case examples, how to explain results to families, parent education handouts, etc.

What do I need to order?

First Timers: Order #705-PEDS Complete Set which includes:

  1. PEDS Brief Administration and Scoring Guide provides clear step-by-step instructions on administering PEDS. This free downloadable booklet also includes detailed information about the use of the various PEDS forms, case study examples and statistical data related to the detection of developmental concerns.

    Note: It is not possible to correctly administer PEDS without referring frequently to the Brief Administration and Scoring Guide. Make sure you have a copy available whenever you administer PEDS.

  2. PEDS Response Form is a 10-item questionnaire completed by the parents as the first step in the PEDS assessment. Parents may complete this questionnaire at home, in the waiting room or in consultation with their practitioner. A Response For order consists of 1 pad of 50 PEDS Response Forms, and 1 pad of 50 Score/Interpretation Forms.

  3. PEDS Score Form is completed by the practitioner. The PEDS Score Form identifies those concerns that predict problems when raised at a particular time in a child’s development. The practitioner is required to score the predictive or non-predictive concerns in the appropriate column.
  4. PEDS Interpretation Form is also completed by the practitioner. The information from the PEDS Score Form is interpreted using this form. The practitioner is directed to follow the appropriate pathway, which can include the following options – to refer, screen further, watch carefully, counsel parents, or reassure. There is space to record and track these decisions.

This is enough material to screen 50 children. It is a good idea to also order #500 the manual, “Collaborating with Parents”. See the order form for information on foreign language translations and electronic applications.

Reorders-Small Clinics: Each clinician using PEDS should have a #300-Brief Guide and each clinic should have a copy of #500-“Collaborating with Parents.” Reorder equal amounts of #700-PEDS Response Forms (pads of 50) and #720-PEDS Score/Interpretation Forms (pads of 50). (See order form for Spanish or Vietnemese versions of PEDS forms.)

Re-orders-Large Clinics: You’ll probably want to request a #740-Discounted Bulk Order (a substantial discount from individual pads) consisting of

  • 20 Brief Guides,
  • 20 pads of 50 Response Forms and
  • 20 pads of 50 Score/Interpretation Forms.
This will screen 1000 children.

Re-orders-HMOs, Clinic Network: If you need 50 or more bulk orders (screens for 50,000 children or more during a year or so) and are willing to have them sent to a single address, please email We have a discount schedule that can save you 30% to 50%.

PEDS:DM is the PEDS Developmental Milestones test.

  • 6-8 items per visit focused on children’s skills in each developmental domain: fine motor, gross motor, expressive language, receptive language, self-help, social-emotional, and for older children preschool and school skills. The questions take about 5 minutes to complete and 1 minute to score.
  • Designed for children at any age from birth until age 8, the measure consists of a laminated book of questions upon which parents mark answers with a dry erase marker. Marks are wiped off in preparation for re-use with the next family. To score, a single template is placed over the completed page to reveal each milestone not met.
  • Replaces informal milestones checklists (known to miss 70% of children with problems) with proven, validated, and accurate items.
  • Includes a developmental promotion component by encouraging parents, once they’ve completed the questions, to read a short story to their children about age-appropriate parent-child interactions. Online applications are coming soon. See for updates.
  • The PEDS:DM Recording Form is used to record answers and can be reused with each child to produce a graph of progress over time.
  • The PEDS:DM manual contains information on parenting, billing and coding, and directions for using the PEDS:DM alone, in combination with PEDS, or with screens of parent-child interactions, psychosocial risk, resilience, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders, along with parent information handouts, case examples, and training guides.
  • For NICU follow-up and early childhood settings, the assessment level version of the PEDS:DM presents more items at once and produces age-equivalent scores.

Which PEDS:DM Kits Should I Order?

First Timers: Order #800-PEDS:DM for Pediatric and Public Health Encounters starter kit (see order form for Spanish or Vietnamese versions of PEDS Forms). The start kit includes:

  • PEDS:DM Family Book (in English or Spanish) consisting of reusable laminated forms;
  • 100 longitudinal PEDS:DM Recording Forms; and
  • a Binder Case housing the scoring template and storage for the Family Book,
  • a manual,
  • a dry erase marker,
  • and a clip to secure the correct page,
  • and the PEDS:DM Professional Manual.

Small Clinic: Order #800-PEDS:DM for Pediatric and Public Health Encounters starter kits plus enough #810-Family Books (or #815 Family Book in Spanish) for each well-visit scheduled at the same time.

Large Clinic: Order enough of the above #800 starter kits for each nurses’ station, plus enough #810-Family Books (or #815 Family Book in Spanish) for each well-visit scheduled at the same time.

Re-orders: Reorder #820-PEDS:DM Recording Forms.

The PEDS:DM Assessment Level for Early Childhood and NICU

The assessment level version of the PEDS:DM presents more items at once and produces age-equivalent scores. (e.g, NICU follow-up, Early Intervention services, etc.)

The 805-PEDS:DM for Early Childhood and NICU follow-up (starter kit) adds PEDS:DM Assessment Level to the PEDS:DM starter kit. The PEDS:DM Assessment Level is available in Spanish or English and offers more items at each encounter and produces age-equivalent scores in 7 domains:

  • fine motor,
  • gross motor,
  • expressive language,
  • receptive language,
  • self-help,
  • social-emotional,
  • and, for older children, pre-academic/academic skills.
It has a reusable form (one per family) for in-depth developmental monitoring.

The Assessment Level includes:

  • the laminated PEDS:DM Family Book (with illustrations needed for the Assessment Level administration);
  • 50 PEDS:DM Assessment Level Booklet (reusable over time with the same child); and
  • the Longitudinal Growth Chart (printed on the back of the Assessment Level booklet) for sharing results with families.

This version of the PEDS:DM can be mailed out, completed in waiting exam rooms, or administered directly to children by teachers, clinicians, etc. For children less than 3 years of age, the PEDS:DM Assessment Level can also be administered via telephone interview.

Which PEDS:DM Kits Should I Order?

First Timers: Order the #805-PEDS:DM for Early Childhood and NICU follow-up starter kit.

Small and Large Clinics: Order the #805 starter kit plus enough #810-Family Books and #840-Assessment Level Booklets (or #815 and #845 for Spanish) for each visit scheduled at the same time.

Re-orders: Reorder #810-PEDS:DM Assessment Level Booklet (or #815 for Spanish booklet).