Purpose: Quickly identify developmental strengths and weaknesses in five key areas and offer suggested activities for remediation
Age: Birth – 21.11
Time: 20 – 40 minutes
The Developmental Profile™ 4 (DP-4) is a comprehensive assessment instrument with a simple yes-or-no response format that includes 190 test items, each describing a particular skill. The respondent indicates whether or not the child has mastered the skill in question.
Within each of the five scales on the interview form, start and stop rules are used, so you don’t have to administer all items. Each scale has its own norms, so you don’t have to use all five scales if you’re interested in just one area of development. Additionally, there’s an intervention activity for every item.
The Developmental Profile™ 4 (DP-4) can help you:
- Quickly identify strengths and weaknesses
- Compare development in different key areas
- Plan intervention with item-by-item teaching activities
- Determine eligibility for special education
- Write IEP goals
- Determine specific areas for further assessment
- Monitor progress over time
- Upgraded with a broader age range
- Updated items reflect changes in society, technology, and culture
- New growth scores monitor progress over time
- Updated norms based on a new, nationally representative standardisation sample
- Two new forms (Teacher Checklist and Clinician Rating) strengthen overall evaluation
- Updated items to accommodate children who are deaf/hard of hearing
- Four forms offer flexible administration – three forms (Parent/Caregiver Interview, Parent/Caregiver Checklist, and Teacher Checklist) provide standard scores and growth scores.
- The Clinician Rating form provides growth scores for monitoring progress.
The DP-4 measures development across five scales:
- Physical: Large- and small-muscle coordination, strength, stamina, flexibility, and sequential motor skills
- Adaptive Behavior: Ability to cope independently with the environment—to eat, dress, work, use current technology, and take care of self and others
- Social–Emotional: Interpersonal skills, social–emotional understanding, functioning in social situations, and manner in which the child relates to peers and adults
- Cognitive: Intellectual abilities and skills prerequisite for academic achievement
- Communication: Expressive and receptive communication skills, including written, spoken, and gestural language
The DP-4 can be used for a wide range of referral questions related to child development. It’s a great way to investigate puzzling behaviour, respond to parental concerns, or follow up on teacher observations. The test can lead to answers even when you only have a hunch that the child may have a problem. The DP-4 can be completed by multiple raters to provide a more complete picture of how the child displays skills in different settings.
The DP-4 is an excellent way to identify developmental strengths and weaknesses. Its norms-based standard scores allow you to compare children’s functioning with that of their peers and design interventions that meet their particular needs. The growth scores allow for monitoring their progress over time.
Test Online (available in 2020)
With the WPS Online Evaluation System, you can administer the DP-4 online. Score and report instantly, and create customised intervention plans.