DCRC’s School-age Initiative focuses on promoting the social-emotional competence of children from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Central to the School-age Initiative are two innovative ratings scales designed to screen, assess, guide intervention planning, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes related to social-emotional competence and resilience. Designed for parents, teachers and after-school program staff to complete, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and the DESSA-mini provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to support children’s healthy social-emotional development.
The DESSA Comprehensive System is a two-part system. First, the DESSA- mini is used as a universal screener to evaluate all children. For those children who are identified as at risk for social-emotional difficulties, the DESSA is administered. As a thorough assessment of social-emotional competencies, the DESSA provides a variety of tools to chart and communicate results, monitor progress, and evaluate outcomes.
DCRC’s school-age team offers training and consultation to support schools and after-school programs understand how to most effectively implement the DESSA Comprehensive System.