DESK 3-6 R

Dortmund Developmental Screening for Preschools



DESK 3-6 R is an instrument for early detection of developmental deviations in preschoolers, allowing for early intervention. The test is compliant with PISA’s requirements for children’s initial preparation (to ensure an equal start) before they enter the school system. In addition, the test can reveal potential behavioral problems – externalized (aggression) or internalized (anxiety).

DESK 3-6 R is based on the so-called landmark principle (Michaelis, 2004) – the idea that children’s mastery of certain age-related skills needs to be between 90-95%, in order for them to progress successfully to the following developmental stage.

Target group

DESK 3-6 R is applicable for children aged 3 to 6.

  • Fine motor skills.
  • Gross motor skills.
  • Cognitive abilities.
  • Language and communication.
  • Social behavior.

Original publication: Hogrefe Verlag GmbH & Co.Kg
Bulgarian publication: Hestia Foundation
Publication date: 2019

Why choose DESK 3-6 R?

The test identifies potential risks early, before they manifest as problems in the child’s development.

When applying the test, an example game script can be used, which makes the assessment fun and enjoyable for the child. In this way, the main information is obtained directly by interacting with the child. Parents can then supply additional information, where a certain item is not detected during the assessment.

There is a detailed description of the administration process, as well as the assessment criteria for each item.

Results are automatically analyzed in Examinea. The system then generates a graphic interpretative report with the results, as well as practical guidelines.

Sample report

  • Routine child development screening in kindergartens.
  • Assessment of school readiness in children aged 6.
  • Base for recommendations towards parents.
  • Evaluation of child development program effectiveness.

The test can be applied by – child and adolescent psychologists, school psychologists and behavior support staff, counsellors, speech therapists, SEN teachers and staff, social workers, educators and any other specialists, working with children.

Test kit

384 BGN each
Contains: instruction booklet; 10 answer sheets (3-year-olds); 10 answer sheets (4-year-olds); 10 answer sheets (5- and 6-year-olds); 10 reports (3-year-olds); 10 reports (4-year-olds) and 10 reports (5- and 6-year-olds) in Examinea


6 BGN each
Graphic interpretative report in Examinea
Different reports depending on age group

Certification course

270 BGN attendee
Two-day course for using the test

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