Schedule of Growing Skills Quick Reference Guide

  • Age Range: 0-5 years
  • Suitable for: Teachers
  • Test duration: untimed
  • Test format: Paper

Schedule of Growing Skills (SGS)

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:

  • Passive Posture
  • Active Posture
  • Locomotor
  • Manipulative
  • Visual
  • Hearing and Language
  • Speech and Language
  • Interactive Social
  • Self-Care Social.

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.

Why use SGS?

  • SGS provides a clear graphical representation of a child’s developmental level – an ideal basis for discussion with other professionals and parents
  • SGS is quick and easy to use. With clear administration instructions for all items and guidelines for scoring and interpreting results, the user can provide feedback within 30 minutes
  • Using SGS as a universal screening measure ensures that all children are assessed in a consistent way
  • A separate cognitive score can be derived from relevant items to aid interpretation.