The Early Sociocognitive Battery (ESB) is a new, innovative assessment for preschool children that is predictive of later language and social communication difficulties including autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The ESB can be used by speech and language therapists, clinical and educational psychologists, and paediatricians. It is also available for use by early years' professionals who have:
Completion of the ESB training programme is optional, though highly recommended for all ESB users. Find information and register here.
Find extra resources on the ESB, including introductory videos by the authors and a white paper with case studies here.
The ESB a primarily non-verbal clinical assessment tool suitable for use with children aged 2-5 years and from diverse language backgrounds. It is a battery of three subtests assessing sociocognitive skills known to be associated with language development and impaired in children with social communication difficulties and ASD. The subtests measure social responsiveness, joint attention and symbolic comprehension to identify deficits in key sociocognitive skills and help early years professionals target their intervention strategies appropriately.
The ESB builds on and supports clinical observations by providing a theoretically-driven, evidence-based measure that is:
The ESB is a portable assessment in an easy-to-carry case containing more than 60 toys and objects designed to engage young children.
The assessment is quick, taking 15 minutes or less to complete, and comprises three subtests outlined below:
A virtual training course is available through City, University of London. While not compulsory, completion of this self-directed learning course will help qualified practitioners to incorporate the ESB into their practice.
The course comprises five modules that provide an understanding of the rationale and evidence behind the ESB; its development from a research tool to a standardised and psychometrically robust clinical assessment, administration, scoring and interpretation of the tasks that make up the ESB, and implications for clinical diagnosis and intervention. Lively visual presentation of information is interspersed with short quizzes to support learning, videos of children participating in the ESB to illustrate administration and practice scoring, and case studies to demonstrate application in practice.
Please note that virtual training is not tutor-led and requires self-directed study. For more information on the training course, please contact the training team at City.
15 minutes or less