Social-Emotional Assessment/Evaluation Measure (SEAM™), Research Edition
Early Childhood

The two-part SEAM™ assessment reveals detailed qualitative information on children’s social-emotional competence— and identifies their caregivers’ strengths and areas of need.

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72803 978-1-59857-280-3
2014 46
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With this in-depth, easy-to-use tool, your program can reliably assess and monitor social-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at risk for delays or challenges. An ideal followup to screeners such as ASQ®:SE-2, the two-part SEAM™ assessment reveals detailed qualitative information on children’s social-emotional competence— and identifies their caregivers’ strengths and areas of need. Easy to learn and implement, SEAM can be used by a wide variety of early childhood professionals, including those with little or no training in mental-health or behavioral interventions.

SEAM helps your program:
  • support development of important social-emotional skills in order to minimize challenging behaviors
  • build strong, proactive partnerships with families
  • promote positive parent–child interactions in the critical first years of life
  • assist with developing developmentally appropriate goals and intervention activities
  • monitor child progress toward social-emotional goals

SEAM is a two-part assessment; All forms are available in English and Spanish on the CD-ROM or e-book.

The main SEAM includes three intervals with different developmental ranges: Infant (2–18 months), Toddler (18–36 months), and Preschool (36–66 months). Each interval assesses 10 child benchmarks critical to social-emotional competence, including empathy, adaptive skills, self-image, emotional responses, and healthy interactions with others.

SEAM is flexible enough to meet your specific needs—parents/caregivers can complete it independently, or you can conduct it jointly with them if they need extra guidance. The SEAM system also includes SEAM with Ages, an alternate version of the tool annotated with a helpful list of age ranges for each item. This version makes it easy to give caregivers general guidance on how social-emotional skills typically develop and where their child’s development fits on the continuum.

SEAM Family Profile
The Family Profile assesses parent and caregiver strengths and helps identify areas in which they need more supports and resources to foster their child’s social-emotional skills. Like the main SEAM, the Family Profile assessment includes three intervals—Infant, Toddler, and Preschool. Each interval measures four benchmarks key to a nurturing home environment: responding to needs, providing activities and play, providing predictable routines and an appropriate environment, and ensuring home safety.

List of SEAM benchmarks
  1. Child participates in healthy interactions
  2. Child expresses a range of emotions
  3. Child regulates social-emotional responses
  4. Child begins to show empathy for others
  5. Child attends to and engages with others
  6. Child explores hands and feet and surroundings (for infants)/demonstrates independence (for toddlers/preschoolers)
  7. Child displays a positive self-image
  8. Child regulates activity level
  9. Child cooperates with daily routines and requests
  10. Child shows a range of adaptive skills
View the webinar recording of Using the Social-Emotional Assessment/Evaluation Measure (SEAM™) with Young Children, presented by Jane Squires, Ph.D., and Misti Waddell, M.S.

See how this product helps strengthen Head Start program quality and school readiness.

Contents of the Book
About the SEAM CD-ROM
Contents of the SEAM CD-ROM
About the Authors
  1. Introduction to the SEAM
  2. SEAM
  3. SEAM with Ages
  4. SEAM Family Profile
  5. Summarizing SEAM Information
  6. Scenario: Completing the SEAM and the SEAM with Ages
  7. Technical Report
Appendix A: SEAM Benchmarks and Items
Appendix B: SEAM Family Profile Benchmarks and Items

Contents of the CD-ROM
About This CD-ROM
End User License Agreement

SEAM Infant Interval
SEAM Etapa inicial para niños
SEAM Toddler Interval
SEAM Segunda etapa para niños
SEAM Preschool Interval
SEAM Etapa preescolar para niños
SEAM with Ages
SEAM with Ages Infant Interval
SEAM Etapa inicial para profesionales
SEAM with Ages Toddler Interval
SEAM Segunda etapa para profesionales
SEAM with Ages Preschool Interval
SEAM Etapa preescolar para profesionales
SEAM Family Profile
SEAM Family Profile Infant Interval
SEAM Etapa inicial para familias
SEAM Family Profile Toddler Interval
SEAM Segunda Etapa para familias
SEAM Family Profile Preschool Interval
SEAM Etapa preescolar para familias
SEAM Summary Forms
Infant SEAM Summary Form
Infant SEAM Summary Form (Spanish)
Toddler SEAM Summary Form
Toddler SEAM Summary Form (Spanish)
Preschool SEAM Summary Form
Preschool SEAM Summary Form (Spanish)


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Randi Albertsen, Innovations in Education, LLC - January 9, 2014
“SEAM offers many opportunities for providers or programs to develop workshops for caregivers to help model and support social-emotional development.”
Tracey Sparrow, Milwaukee Center for Independence - January 6, 2014
“A wonderful tool for caregivers and professionals to use to identify a child’s developmental strengths and focus areas, in order to best support the family.”
Hiram Fitzgerald, Editor-in-Chief, Infant Mental Health Journal; University Distinguished Professor, Psychology, Michigan State University - January 6, 2014
“Authentically reflect[s] systems concepts, developmental transitions, and cultural contexts as foundational for understanding the dynamic processes and relationships of early childhood. Structuring the SEAM to be equally useful for home visitors, clinicians, and researchers sets a standard for applying the core values of translational science in the field of early childhood assessment.”
Renee Williams, Program Manager, Daybreak Parent Child Centre, Family Home Visitation Program - January 6, 2014
“The SEAM tool will help our staff focus on the specific goals of families and help parents articulate their own strengths. The language used in the SEAM is solution-focused and strengths-based, and this is key to working with children and families.”
Judith Carta, Senior Scientist and Professor, Institute for Life-Span Studies/Department of Special Education, University of Kansas - January 6, 2014
“An incredibly helpful resource to assist in the early identification and prevention of social-emotional difficulties in infants, toddlers and preschool children.”