Early Sociocognitive Battery (ESB)
The ESB is a new assessment for preschool children that is predictive of later language and social communication difficulties including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Typical users are speech and language therapists as well as clinical and school psychologists.
As a primarily non-verbal assessment tool, the ESB is standardized in the U.K. with children aged 2–5 years 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 contains a variety of toys and objects designed to engage young children, and the assessment is quick, taking 15 minutes or less to complete.
Intelligence and Development Scales – 2nd Edition (IDS-2)
The IDS-2 is a global cognitive assessment of children designed to identify their knowledge, strengths and relevant areas for development. With 30 subtests covering six domains, the IDS-2 offers a modular framework with user-friendly test materials and makes it easy for the practitioner to personalize the testing session for each child and adolescent from 5.0–20.11 years.
The IDS-2 is now available in U.K. English and is already published in German, Dutch, Polish and Italian. It is in progress in Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.
Data will be collected using a digital record form that includes a timing device, automatic application of basal and ceiling rules, and real-time calculation of raw scores. Included are a small set of manipulatives and response booklets for performance subtests.