Assessing the Elementary School–Age Child: Introduction | The Evaluation Process | The Evaluation Content | Assessing Special Issues Common to the School-Age Child | Research Directions | Summary Points | References | Appendix 3–1. Detailed Outline for the Psychiatric
Assessment of the School-Age Child | Appendix 3–2. Child Mental Status Examination
In the typical mental health setting, most presenting
patients fall in the age range of "middle childhood," ages
6–12 years (Farmer et al. 2003). Clinicians evaluating
these patients and their families should be familiar with expected
childhood developmental progression and the more common developmental "deviations" or
difficulties and psychopathology in middle childhood.