The characteristics of users of an online screening tool for children and adolescents with intellectual disability and of those being screened

Karen McKenzie, Kara Murray, Judith Thompson, Karen Horridge, Kirsty Greenwell, Aja Murray

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Screening tools can help with the identification of intellectual disability, but little is known about who uses them. This study analysed anonymous information from 2691 users of an evidence-based, online, intellectual disability screening questionnaire for children and adolescents (CAIDS-Q) to explore the characteristics of the users and of those being screened. The users were split almost equally between parents/family members (48.6%) and professionals (49.9%), with the majority (63.8%) of the latter group being health staff. Significant differences in the characteristics of the children being screened were found, according to whether the user was a parent/family member or a professional, with the overall pattern suggesting that professionals screened children with greater complexity of needs, but about whom less was known. The screened children had a range of areas of difficulties that are common to those with intellectual disability. Implications for practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disabilities
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 Jul 2024

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