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A simple behavioral-developmental checklist versus formal screening for children in an epilepsy center

Eom, S.; Dezort, C.; Fisher, B.; Zelko, F.; Berg, A. T.

Epilepsy Behav. 2015 May 11; 46:84-7


We compare a 7-item checklist for developmental and behavioral concerns to formal screening with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3) in children aged 1-5.5years old seen in a tertiary epilepsy care setting. The checklist was derived from a 35-item parent questionnaire used as a routine component of pediatric neuropsychology evaluations at our center. In our sample of 104 children, having even one checklist item endorsed was associated with a 97% (66/68) positive predictive value for screening positive on the ASQ-3. Fifty percent of children for whom no items were endorsed on the checklist scored negative for developmental concerns on the ASQ-3. The overall sensitivity of the checklist to a positive ASQ-3 screen was 83%, and the specificity was 88%. Use of this simple checklist may facilitate screening in the outpatient epilepsy care setting where time and resources are often limited.

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