Schedule of Growing Skills (SGS) is an invaluable tool for professionals who need to establish the developmental levels of children. The individual assessment can be used at any time with children from birth to 5 years, enabling professionals to assess them as and when appropriate and convenient. An SGS Training Course is also available to help professionals develop skills in using the assessment.
SGS provides a reliable ‘snapshot’ of a child’s developmental level, including areas of strength and potential delay. It examines nine key areas, all of which were developed from Mary Sheridan’s STYCAR sequences:
By using colourful and engaging toys like building blocks, a doll, pegs and shapes, the assessment makes the tasks feel like playtime to the child, allowing professionals to observe and assess reactions while the child ‘plays’. Each record form allows for up to four assessments of any one child, providing a clear indication of progress over time. For those that require further assessment, subsequent record forms can be utilised. A simple scoring system highlights developmental areas where children might potentially have a delay, indicating where referral might be necessary.