Gesell Early Screener

The Gesell Early Screener (GES) is a screening instrument that assists parents, educators, and other professionals to quickly determine a child’s Performance Level Rating (Age Appropriate, Emerging, or Concern) in four domains of development: Cognitive, Language, Motor, and Social/Emotional/Adaptive Skills. The GES can be reliably administered by persons with varying levels of experience in less than 20 minutes. GES strand scores “flag” any child who may benefit from further diagnostic evaluation.  It does not, however, assign a Developmental Age as its complementary assessment the GDO-R does.

 The GES consists of an Examiner’s Manual, a Child Recording Form (CRF-S), a set of manipulatives, Teacher and Parent/Guardian Questionnaires, and an auto-calculating version of the GES Strand Scoring Worksheet.  

While the GES requires no specialized training, we do recommend that examiners attend Day 1 of a GDO-R 2.5-6-Year Old Workshop for an enhanced understanding of the ages and stages of child development. However, when the complete GES kit is ordered, examiners receive a 90 minute recorded webinar with further information and instructions to ensure successful administration and scoring. Live private webinars for schools and groups are also available.

Gesell Institute recommends best practices for assessment of very young children when using the GES.