Monitor the milestones of social-emotional development in infants and very young children
0-42 months (Items are presented according to age typical of mastery.)
Stanley Greenspan, M.D., one of the world’s leading experts in child development, has developed a screening tool to measure social-emotional milestones in young children ages 0 to 42 months. Early identification of social-emotional deficits and compromises leads to more successful interventions.
Greenspan Developmental Milestones by Age Groups
- 0-3 months: Exhibits growing self-regulation and interest in the world
- 4-5 months: Engages in relationships
- 6-9 months: Uses emotions in an interactive, purposeful manner
- 10-14 months: Uses a series of interactive and emotional gestures to communicate
- 15-18 months: Uses a series of interactive and emotional gestures to solve problems
- 19-30 months: Uses ideas to convey feelings, wishes, or intentions
- 31-42 months: Creates logical bridges between emotions and ideas
Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart offers a brief and reliable tool to meet your needs:
- Determine the mastery of early capacities of social-emotional growth
- Monitor healthy social and emotional functioning
- Establish goals for early intervention planning
- Monitor progress in early intervention programs
- Detect deficits or problems with developmental social-emotional capacities
Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart is a questionnaire completed by the child’s parent, educator, or other caregiver to understand how the child uses all capacities to meet needs, deal with feelings, think, and communicate. The questionnaire has the following characteristics:
- Contains 35 items
- Items are ordered developmentally, according to age at which each item is typically mastered
- Prior to mastering a more developmentally advanced behavior, the child is expected to show mastery in the less advanced behaviors that occur at a younger age
- Items are rated using a 5-point scale
- Reported as cut scores
The Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart should be given as a preliminary step in childcare screenings, early identification screenings, and pediatric screenings. It should be used to determine whether further assessment/referral is warranted and can assist in monitoring growth and planning intervention.
Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.
What is the difference between rating an item as Can’t Tell (score = 0) and None of the Time (score = 1) for the Social-Emotional Scale?
Where can I find more information on interpreting scores for the Social-Emotional Scale?
When completing the Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart, sometimes the Highest Stage Mastered for a child can be a full stage below what is expected for his or her age, but the Growth Chart Index score indicates Full Mastery. Isn’t this contradictory?When completing the Greenspan Social-Emotional Growth Chart, sometimes the Highest Stage Mastered for a child can be a full stage below what is expected for his or her age, but the Growth Chart Index score indicates Full Mastery. Isn’t this contradictory?
When calculating the chronological age, should I round days to the nearest month?