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Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale (TABS) Early Childhood Indicators of Developmental Dysfunction

By Stephen J. Bagnato, Ed.D., N.C.S.P., John T. Neisworth, Ph.D., John J. Salvia, D.Ed., & Frances M. Hunt, Ph.D.

Traditional developmental tests miss critical temperament and self-regulation problems that can indicate a child's risk for developmental delay. TABS is specifically designed to identify these behavioral indicators as early as possible. And since it is a norm-referenced assessment tool, infants and young children who are at risk, or who have delays or disabilities, can qualify for essential early intervention and behavioral support services they might not otherwise receive.

A screening and assessment tool for children ages 11 to 71 months, TABS has been normed on nearly 1000 children with both typical and atypical development.

TABS consists of three components:
  • TABS Screener
    • Parents can complete this 15-item, single-sheet form in 5 minutes. Only children whose scores indicate a potential problem are assessed with the more extensive TABS Assessment Tool.
  • TABS Assessment Tool
    • This more detailed, 55-item checklist is completed when the TABS Screener identifies an area of concern. Parents take just 15 minutes to complete this checklist. The results give you a detailed evaluation of atypical behavior in four categories—detached, hypersensitive-active, underreactive, and dysregulated.
  • TABS Manual
    • This provides you with all of the necessary information for administration and scoring of TABS, plus relevant reliability and validity data. You'll also find a handy intervention guide that offers item-by-item strategies for minimizing problematic, atypical behavior.

Because TABS is based on the authentic information that comes from caregivers' in-depth knowledge of their children, you're assured of accurate, effective early behavioral screening.

Use TABS today for screening, determining eligibility for special services, planning programs of education and treatment, monitoring child progress and program effectiveness, and research.