The Survey of Well-being of Young Children (SWYC)™ is a freely-available, comprehensive screening instrument for children under 5 years of age. The SWYC was written to be simple to answer, short, and easy to read. The entire instrument requires 15 minutes or less to complete and is straightforward to score and interpret. The SWYC is approved by MassHealth for compliance with the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative screening guidelines. The SWYC is copyright © 2010 Tufts Medical Center.
According to the AAP policy statement on developmental surveillance and screening, “it is appropriate to perform additional developmental screens using validated tests. These screenings should be recognized separately, with appropriate coding, billing, and payment and with the additional cost acknowledged in capitated expectation.” The policy statement provides “a list of developmental screening tests and their psychometric testing properties,” noting that “these screening tests, which are focused on parent-completed tools, have acceptable psychometric properties.” The table includes the SWYC Milestones under “general developmental screening tests”, the BPSC and PPSC under “behavioural screening tests”, and the POSI under “Autism Screening: Promising Tests”.
Fast and easy to use, the SWYC Questionnaires are included in the Comprehensive Pediatric Screening Interview and take 10 minutes on average or less for parents to complete. Ability to question reduce the SWYC has been added to the screening interview making it easier than ever to complete the SWYC. Parents answer the questionnaire about their child, clicking the answer that best describes their child’s abilities. Clear questions, illustrations, and tips help parents complete the questionnaire quickly and accurately. Questions are presented one at a time with a single click answer to advance to the next question. The question format automatically adapts to the respondents device (smartphone, tablet or PC) making the Pediatric Tools electronic version of the SWYC ideal for mobile devices.
Using Pediatric Tools data services, when the Comprehensive Pediatric Screening Interview is complete it is immediately scored electronically and an in-depth report with summary analysis and T-score trending is generated. Results can be printed, loaded into an EMR/EHR and are available as a PDF.
Learn more about the SWYC’s role in a comprehensive screening interview.
For more SWYC implementation and validity information visit: https://www.tuftschildrenshospital.org/The-Survey-of-Wellbeing-of-Young-Children/Overview