When giving items 12, 14, and 15, do not name the forms. Do not demonstrate 12 and 14. When scoring, each pair (2 arms, 2 legs, etc.) counts as one part.

Place one cube in cup and shake gently near child's ear, but out of sight. Repeat for other ear.

Point to picture and have child name it. (No credit is given for sounds only.)

If less than 4 pictures are named correctly, have child point to picture as each is named by tester.

Using doll, tell child: Show me the nose, eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, tummy, hair. Pass 6 of 8. Using pictures, ask child: Which one flies?... says meow?... talks?... barks?... gallops? Pass 2 of 5, 4 of 5. Ask child: What do you do when you are cold?... tired?... hungry? Pass 2 of 3, 3 of 3. Ask child: What do you do with a cup? What is a chair used for? What is a pencil used for? Action words must be included in answers.

Pass if child correctly places and says how many blocks are on paper. (1, 5) Tell child: Put block on table; under table; in front of me, behind me. Pass 4 of 4. (Do not help child by pointing, moving head or eyes.)

Ask child: What is a ball?... lake?... desk?... house?... banana?... curtain?... fence?... ceiling? Pass if defined in terms of use, shape, what it is made of, or general category (such as banana is fruit, not just yellow). Pass 5 of 8, 7 of 8.

Ask child: If a horse is big, a mouse is_? If fire is hot, ice is__? If the sun shines during the day, the moon shines during the __? Pass 2 of 3.

Child may use wall or rail only, not person. May not crawl.

Child must throw ball overhand 3 feet to within arm's reach of tester.

Child must perform standing broad jump over width of test sheet (81i inches).

Tell child to walk forward, heel within 1 inch of toe. Tester may demonstrate.

Child must walk 4 consecutive steps.

In the second year, half of normal children are noncompliant.


Instructions printed on the back of the DDST form for administering some of the items contained in the Denver Developmental Screening Test. (Reprinted with permission from William K. Frankenburg, M.D.)

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