PANS Follow-Up

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. We have started a new study, the second part of PANS, PANS: Follow-up, which is a long-term study looking at how useful the NDDS-2011 is at predicting at how a child develops in the future. This will be an effective way to capture development in children over time, as it will take into consideration the child’s individual variability, as children tend to grow and develop at their own pace. This is the first study that uses the NDDS-2011 to assess child development over time.

What would my child and I have to do?

The parents and children who took part in PANS are being re-contacted for this study. 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 as well as other well-known surveys.

How do I get more information about this study?

Please contact Linda Boos at 905-525-9140 x21662 or email us at mybaby@mcmaster.ca.