With this in-depth, easy-to-use tool, your program can reliably assess and monitor social-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at risk for delays or challenges. An ideal followup to screeners such as ASQ:SE, the two-part SEAM™ assessment reveals detailed qualitative information on children's social-emotional competence— and identifies their caregivers' strengths and areas of need. Easy to learn and implement, SEAM™ can be used by a wide variety of early childhood professionals, including those with little or no training in mental-health or behavioral interventions.
SEAM™ helps your program:
ensure early identification of social-emotional difficulties and behavior disorders
build strong, proactive partnerships with families
promote positive parent-child interactions in the critical first years of life
assist with developing developmentally appropriate goals and intervention activities
monitor child progress toward social-emotional goals
SEAM™ is a two-part assessment:
The main SEAM™ includes three intervals with different developmental ranges: Infant (2–18 months), Toddler (18–36 months), and Preschool (36–66 months). Each interval assesses 10 child benchmarks critical to social-emotional competence, including empathy, adaptive skills, self-image, emotional responses, and healthy interactions with others.
SEAM™ is flexible enough to meet your specific needs—parents/caregivers can complete it independently, or you can conduct it jointly with them if they need extra guidance. The SEAM™ system also includes SEAM™ with Ages, an alternate version of the tool annotated with a helpful list of age ranges for each item. This version makes it easy to give caregivers general guidance on how social-emotional skills typically develop and where their child's development fits on the continuum.
SEAM™ Family Profile
The Family Profile assesses parent and caregiver strengths and helps identify areas in which they need more supports and resources to foster their child's social-emotional skills. Like the main SEAM™, the Family Profile assessment includes three intervals—Infant, Toddler, and Preschool. Each interval measures four benchmarks key to a nurturing home environment: responding to needs, providing activities and play, providing predictable routines and an appropriate environment, and ensuring home safety.
SEAM™ At A Glance
Developers: Jane Squires, Ph.D., Diane Bricker, Ph.D., Misti Waddell, M.S., Kristin Funk, M.A., LCSW , and Jantina Clifford, Ph.D.
Domains assessed: Social-emotional development and parenting strengths and needs
Age range: 2–66 months (Infant: 2–18 months; Toddler: 18–36 months; Preschool: 36–66 months)
Who conducts it: Early interventionists, early childhood teachers, Head Start and Early Head Start professionals, home visitors, parent educators
Where it's conducted: In early education programs, day care centers, homes, or other settings where children are served
Languages available: English and Spanish (both on the included CD-ROM)
List of SEAM™ benchmarks
Child participates in healthy interactions
Child expresses a range of emotions
Child regulates social-emotional responses
Child begins to show empathy for others
Child attends to and engages with others
Child explores hands and feet and surroundings (for infants)/demonstrates independence (for toddlers/preschoolers
Child displays a positive self-image
Child regulates activity level
Child cooperates with daily routines and requests
Child shows a range of adaptive skills