What is this study about?

The Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS)-2011 is a short survey that parents complete and is used by parents, doctors or healthcare professionals to look at a child’s emotional, social, motor and cognitive development. In 2009 to 2011, we completed the Psychometric Assessment of the NDDS Study (PANS), where we examined the usefulness of the revised version of the NDDS (NDDS-2011) and asked parents what they thought about it. In this study, parents told us that for some questions, it was hard to come to a decision about their child’s development using only ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses that were available on the NDDS. For this study, NDDS Alternate Responses Study (NARS), additional responses of ‘sometimes’, ‘not sure’ and ‘have not tried’ have been added to the NDDS.

Would my child and I be able to take part?

We are looking for parents who have children who are 1-month-old to 6 years old.


What would my child and I have to do?

If you and your child agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to participate in a ~2 hour appointment with a trained research assistant that can be completed at a location convenient for you: your home or at the INCH lab. Appointments are scheduled for a time that works best for you; we offer day, evening and weekend appointment times. At the appointment, a trained research assistant will guide your child through various activities using well-established tools that look at a child’s development and abilities. You will also be asked complete the NDDS-2011 with the additional responses as well as other well-known surveys.


How can I get more information about this study?

Please contact Linda Boos at 905-525-9140 x21662 or email us at