Why Project SKIP?
The need for screening is clear. Millions of children in the U.S. have social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental disorders that, left unidentified and untreated, can interfere not only with their performance in school, but also with their ability to build successful lives as adults. Autism spectrum disorders, in particular, have become much more prevalent.
Only about 50% of children with developmental problems are identified before they enter school.
Detecting social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental problems at a young age is as appropriate as detecting hearing, dental, or vision problems. Yet most children, even those who see doctors regularly, are never screened for these problems.
Good Instruments Improve Detection Rates
Project SKIP is the only online program to assess for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental issues—and to tell us not only that a child is having difficulty, but, more importantly, why.
30% identified - Palfrey et al. J Peds. 111.651-655,1987.
70-80% identified - Squires et al. JDBP. 17:420-427, 1996.
Mental Health Problems
20% identified - Lavigne et al. Pediatr. 91:649-655, 1993.
80-90% identified - Sturner. JDBP. 12: 51-64, 1991.
Available through this website, SKIP I is an ambitious attempt to effectively and efficiently screen children for social-emotional, cognitive, and developmental delays through the use of on- line assessment instruments that parents and teachers complete on behalf of children from 2 years of age through 18.