The DOF is a standardized form for rating observations of children’s behavior in classrooms, at recess, and in other group settings. During 10-minute periods, observers write narrative descriptions of children’s behavior and rate on-task behavior at 1-minute intervals. At the end of the 10-minute observation, the observer rates 88 problem items.
A fast way to record and rate observations of children’s behavior in and out of the classroom
- On-task and problem ratings are scored on scales that are displayed on profiles in relation to gender-specific norms.
- Paraprofessionals can be easily trained to use the DOF. Interrater reliabilities for DOF scales range from .71 to .97.
- Scales for classroom observations include Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, Intrusive, Immature/Withdrawn, Oppositional, Attention Problems, DSM-Oriented ADH Problems (including an Inattention subscale and a Hyperactivity-Impulsivity subscale), Total Problems—Classroom, and On-Task. Scales for recess observations include Total Problems—Recess and Aggressive Behavior.
- ADM™ scoring software is included.