Forms for the observation of infant behavior include the Individual Growth and Development Indicators for Infants and Toddlers, the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales, the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and the Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status. The Individual Growth and Development Indicators track a child's rate of growth over time in the areas of communication, movement, social interactions, problem-solving behaviors and parent-child interaction. The Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales is a parent-completed standardized observation tool for infants up to 24-months.
The Ages and Stage Questionnaires come in age specific versions and require answers "yes, sometimes or not yet" answers to questions such as "does your baby pick up a cookie crumb using her thumb and finger?" The questionnaire typically takes no more than 15 minutes to complete and is suitable for ongoing developmental monitoring.
The Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status is a developmental assessment, available in several languages, that serves as a parent interview and/or observational tool. It is applicable to children birth to eight years old to identify developmental, behavioral and mental health issues. A related observational tool is the PEDS: Developmental Milestones observational and screening tool, which is also appropriate for children birth to eight. The Milestones tool provides information regarding expressive and receptive language and fine and gross motor skills and is also available in an autism-specific version.
Suggestions for creating a checklist for infant observations in pre-school is available at brighthubeducation.com.