The Capute Scales

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The Capute Scales Complete System

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The Capute Scales Manual

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The Capute Scales Scoring Sheets

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The Capute Scales Test Kit

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How can clinicians better diagnose developmental delays in young children?

The Capute Scales help differentiate between communicative and cognitive disorders

The Capute Scales logoThe Capute Scales are designed to help clinicians determine the presence of atypical development in two streams of cognitive development: visual-motor functioning and expressive and receptive language. The language battery of the test—CLAMS (Clinical Linguistic & Auditory Milestone Scale)—relies almost exclusively on parental history in the first 18 months of life and then on a combination of parental history and clinical observation. The visual-motor problem-solving battery—CAT (Cognitive Adaptive Test)—requires direct observation of a child performing specific test items during the assessment.

CLAMS was originally developed to provide pediatricians with a scale of linguistic and auditory milestones that can be rapidly applied within the constraints of a busy practice. CAT provides clinicians a means of distinguishing isolated language delays or communication disorders from more global cognitive impairments.

The Capute Scales were developed by Dr. Arnold J. Capute, the founding father of neurodevelopmental pediatrics, and have been tested and refined at the Kennedy Krieger Institute for more than 30 years.











At a glance

What is it?

A norm-referenced, 100-item screening and assessment tool that helps experienced practitioners identify developmental delays in children from 1–36 months of age.

What are the components?

The complete system includes

  • the Capute Scales manual
  • 4-page scoring sheets
  • the test kit, packed in a tote bag

Who completes it?


How long does it take to complete?

About 6- to 20-minutes

What does the instrument tell you?

The tests help pinpoint any instance of delay (a slower rate of milestone acquisition), deviancy (any unusual development within a specific stream), and dissociation (an uneven rate of milestone acquisition)

How can you use the results?

With its high correlation with the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, this standardized instrument will assist clinicians in making developmental diagnoses, counseling families, and guiding them to appropriate intervention services