LongiKid© – An Introduction
The Longitudinal Complex Test (LongiKid©) was developed after 12 years of preparation work by Katalin Lakatos PhD, with Rita Lengyel joining the project later. LongiKid© is a neurosensory test that can be used to assess children between 2.5 months and 5 years. It can be used effectively to tell the neurotypical development from the atypical/damaged one, which makes it an ideal screening test.
LongiKid© can be taken as a one-off (cross-sectional) test or, if done on several occasions, longitudinally.
In Hungary, children aged 2.5 months to 5 years are normally tested by paediatricians, child neurologists, health visitor, psychologists, special pedagogists, speech therapists, kindergarten pedagogists, developmental pedagogists, physiotherapists and conductive educators.
The same child might even receive four different types of diagnosis, depending on who is doing the testing.
LongiKid© provides a unified view and an observational-assessment system that might serve as a 'common language' and which makes it possible to continuously monitor an age period which is currently by done by professionals in ways and by testing methods that are incompatible with each other.
Our equipment
The LongiKid© equipment system has been completely developed by us and has won the Hungarian Grand Prize of Products in 2013.
It includes toys, measurement tools (hearing test), movement equipment testing the balance system, screening methods that test vision (visus test), as well as our own test sheets that focus on graphomotorics, visual processing and language areas. All our equipment has been developed so that it can be used during testing and therapy, too.
LongiKid© uses 6 different scales and more than 230 observational points of view:
1. Movement Scale
a. Gross Motor Movement
b. Fine Motor Movement
2. Archaic Reflexes
3. Language Scale
a. Expressive Language Skills
b. Comprehensive Language Skills
4. Cognitive Scale
5. Social Scale
6. Bilateral Movement Functioning
In September 2013, the BHRG Foundation started its LongiKid© validity testing together with the Institute of Psychology at Pázmány Péter Catholic University ("The Longitudinal Complex Test and the Bayley-III Scales of Infant and Toddler Development - A Comparative Research Study").
Our objective is to test and assess 1500 children and to make video recordings about the process. We are going to compare LongiKid© with the Bayley-III Scales of Infant and Toddler Development, a test vastly referred to in the professional literature. Our research aims to make LongiKid© a Hungarian standard as well as to examine its validity. This would allow us to gain data to make current scientific (developmental neurological, neuropsychological, developmental psychological, etc) knowledge more accurate and give basis to possible modifications. Such data are necessary since theory and practice need to create a whole, and in order to detect and correct developmental deficiencies, we need objective points of reference and we also need to know the age-appropriate standard levels.
We expect LongiKid© to help us unify complex testing of children aged 2.5 months to 5 years who show deficient functioning in the psycho-cognitive and/or social areas, with the medical, mental and psychological interpretation of their test results. Our main objective was to create a standard-based screening method which is easy to implement and is sensitive enough to identify problems, in order to help professionals working in the fields of health-care and education.