Infant-Toddler Symptom Checklist (ITSC)

Measure DescriptionSource of measure DeGangi, G., Poisson, S., Sickel, R., & Wiener, A. S. (1995). Infant/Toddler Symptom Checklist: A screening tool for parents. Tucson, AZ: Therapy
Skill Builders.
Mode of administration Parent-report survey
Age range for use7-30 months
Domains AssessedSensory and regulatory disorders. Specific domains are: (1) self-regulation, (2) attention, (3) sleep, (4) eating/feeding, (5) dressing, bathing, and touch, (6) movement, (7) listening and language, (8) looking and sight, (9) attachment/emotional functioning
Related MeasuresN/A
BurdenTraining needed to administer No training necessary to administer. Interpretation requires an understanding of domains or training.
Minutes to complete10-20 minutes
# of items21 items on the screener. Age-specific surveys have more items, and number of items varies based on version.
Adaptation for AIAN useAdaptedNo
Developer allows adaptation?No
Used with AIAN populations?Brown, Olson, & Crodinger (2010) used data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies–Birth Cohort, which included American Indian families (approximately 2% of sample of over 10,000 families).
AIAN: Cronbach's alpha rangeNone reported
AIAN: Evidence of validityIn Brown, Olson, & Crodinger (2010), AI children's sensory regulation was related to their mother's alcohol use. No other information regarding validity in AIAN population has been provided.
Other populations: Cronbach's alpha rangeNone reported
Other populations: Evidence of validityConcurrent validity was demonstrated by comparing ITSC scores to scores on three other validated measures. Also, the measure has been shown to have predictive validity - 78% of infants who were identified as having problems on the ITSC were diagnosed with developmental or behavioral problems at 3 years of age using other standardized measures (DeGangi, Poisson, Sickel, & Santman, 1995). However, the sample that was tested was majority white and middle class, so further research to examine the cultural sensitivity is necessary. ITSC is also correlated with media use (Radesky, Silverstein, Zuckerman, & Christakis, 2013). ITSC relates to measures of infant crying and temperament (deLeon & Karraker, 2007). Greater maternal alcohol use relates to more problems on ITSC (Brown, Olson, & Croninger, 2010).
SourceDeveloperTherapy Skill Builders (part of Psychological Corporation). Authors: Georgia DeGangi, Susan Poisson, Ruth Sickel, & Andrea Santman Wiener
LinkNot available
SummaryComments about sensitivity to changeNone reported
General remarksNone indicated
Table Updated November 3, 2017