Innovative Assessment Approaches for Young Anxious Children

  • Suneeta MongaEmail author
  • Diane Benoit


This chapter describes five new screening and assessment tools developed or refined by our group to assist clinicians and researchers working with four- to seven-year-old anxious children. The Preschool Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (Pre-SCARED) is a parent report to screen and identify anxiety symptoms in four- to seven-year-old children that is derived from the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED). The Mutism Accommodation Scale is another parent report questionnaire that assesses the degree to which parents could unintentionally accommodate their children’s mutism. The chapter also describes three new clinician-administered tools our group created to help clinicians and researchers distinguish between selective mutism and social anxiety disorder in four-to seven-year-old children: the Talking Behavior Assessment Tool, the Selective Mutism Versus Social Anxiety Disorder Criteria Checklist, and the Steps to Talking. The chapter presents the currently available research evidence in support of these screening and assessment tools, including psychometric properties of the instruments where available.


Novel preschool anxiety screening tools New preschool anxiety screening tools Pre-SCARED Mutism accommodation scale Talking behavior assessment tool Steps to talking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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