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.
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Parts of the SWYC
Every SWYC form includes sections on developmental milestones, behavioral/emotional development, and family risk factors. At certain ages, a section for Autism-specific screening is also included. To learn more about the sections of the SWYC, see our Parts of the SWYC page.
Age-specific SWYC forms are available for each age on the pediatric periodicity schedule from 2 to 60 months. To view or download these forms, see our Age-Specific Forms page.
Massachusetts has created a revised version of the SWYC screening tool in order to address postpartum depression as a critical issue in the development and well-being of infants and young children. In the SWYC/MA version, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale questions were added to the 2, 4 and 6 month forms. All other parts of the SWYC/MA at these three ages are identical to the generic SWYC. The remaining age-based forms remain unchanged. The SWYC/MA forms can be found on the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) website.
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