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Are children showing signs of temperament and self-regulation problems?

The TABS tool helps you spot early indicators and determine eligibility for services

TABS logoA child makes strange throat noises, doesn’t have a regular sleep schedule, flaps his hands over and over, or is consistently upset by changes in her schedule … how do you know when extremes of temperament or unusual behaviors are a sign of a possible developmental delay? The Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale (TABS) is a screening and assessment tool that aids professionals in detecting critical temperament and self-regulation issues that can indicate a child’s risk for future behavioral challenges or developmental delay.

The norm-referenced TABS can be used for determining eligibility for early intervention and behavioral support services, designing individualized family service plans (IFSPs) or individualized education programs (IEPs), and developing wraparound mental health behavioral support plans.











At a glance

What is it?

A screening and assessment tool to measure temperament and atypical behavior that may be indicative of developmental delays or future behavior issues

Is it norm-referenced?

Yes. TABS has been normed on nearly 1000 children with both typical and atypical development

What age range does it target?

Infants and young children between the ages of 11 and 71 months

What are the components?

15-item TABS screener, 55-item TABS assessment tool, TABS manual

What areas does it examine?

Atypical self-regulatory behavior in areas such as

  • temperament
  • attention
  • attachment
  • social behavior
  • play
  • vocal and oral behavior
  • senses and movement
  • self-stimulation and self-injury
  • neurobehavioral state

grouped under the four categories of atypical temperament: Detached, Hyper-sensitive/active, Underreactive, and Dysregulated

Who completes it?

Parents and professionals; scored by professionals

How long does it take to complete?

5 minutes for the screener, 15 minutes for the assessment tool

Is it reliable and valid?

Strong interrater and rating-rerating reliability indices of 81% to 94%; internal consistency indices of 88% to 95%; high treatment and social validity