Table 1 Behavioural questionnaire for the assessment of developmental progress13
SectionCategories and items
1. Autonomous functions1. Sweating/body temperature/digestion/defecation (eg, sweats more, sweats less, body temperature better regulated)
2. Sleeping behaviour (eg, sleeps peacefully, sleeps less/more, can stay awake longer during daytime)
3. Eating behaviour (eg, shows more appetite, eats more, can be fed longer, with less problems, can feed themselves)
2. Motor skills4. Activity level (eg, moves more/less than before)
5. Hand movements (eg, grips, manipulates, points better than before )
6. Gross motor functions (eg, has made progress, more strength, is more stable)
3. Cognitive abilities7. Attention span (eg, when listening, looking at books, playing)
8. Interest and motivation in new situations and activities (eg, explores more)
9. Memory functions (eg, seems to remember sequences better, understands and remembers rules of playing)
4. Speech and Communication10. Understanding speech (eg, understands speech better, is more attentive in listening)
11. Speech and vocalisation (eg, uses new sounds, new syllables, new words)
12. Use of nonverbal/alternative ways of communication (eg, looks longer at someone, points, uses gestures in order to express needs)
5. Emotional state13. Emotional stability (eg, agitation, self injury, crying, screaming, shouting, calms down quicker)
14. Child expresses feelings like, eg, joy, sadness, anger, interest
15. Child reacts to someone else’s feelings, cries or laughs with others
6. Social behaviour16. Child shows interest in other children, imitates what others do, feeds the doll
7. Behaviour disorders17. Stereotype movements (eg, repetitive movements with hands or feet, reaction to stress), preferences in playing behaviour (eg, needs special smells or surfaces)
8. Independence in daily living18. Changes in daily activities (eg, feeding, dressing, choosing, deciding, using the toilet)
9. Education19. Education in activities of daily living, eg, child shows more obedient behaviour, accepts compromises more easily, tolerates changes better
20. Child anticipates dangers/needs control