Environmental Assessment Index (EAI)

1.    Things requiring visual discrimination (toy typewriter‚ pressouts‚ play school‚ peg boards‚ hidden face games‚ or toys making use of color discrimination). *
2.    Toys or games facilitating learning letters‚ words‚ writing‚ or reading (books about letters‚ labeling books‚ toy typewriter‚ letter sticks‚ pencils‚ stencils‚ blocks with letters).
3.    Three or more puzzles. *
4.    Two toys or tools necessitating finger and whole hand movement (dolls and doll clothing‚ toy pistols‚ clay or play dough‚ pliers or drill).
5.    Record player and at least five records appropriate to the child’s age (or tape cassette player and tapes). *
6.    Real or toy musical instrument (piano‚ drum‚ toy xylophone‚ or guitar).
7.    Toy or game encouraging free expression (finger paints‚ play dough‚ crayons‚ paints and paper‚ art supplies‚ drawing paper‚ colored pencils).
8.    Toys or games necessitating fine motor coordination (paint by numbers‚ dot book‚ paper dolls‚ pick-up-sticks‚ model airplanes).
9.    Opportunity to learn about animals (animals‚ books‚ 4-H).
10.Toys or games facilitating learning numbers and math concepts (blocks with numbers‚ books about numbers‚ number cards‚ flash cards).*
11.Building toys (building blocks‚ Lincoln logs‚ tinker toys‚ zig-zag puzzles‚ erector set).
12.Family buys a newspaper daily and reads it.
13.Family subscribes to at least one magazine.
14.Child has been to a museum‚ historical or art‚ in the past year.
15.Child goes to town at least once a week (do not credit school attendance).
16.Child goes to the library at least once a month (do not credit school library). *
17.Family has a TV‚ and it is used judiciously‚ not left on continuously (No TV requires automatic “No”‚ any scheduling scores “Yes”). *
18.Parent turns on special TV programs regarded” good” by the mother for the children.
19.Someone reads stories with the child or discusses pictures in magazine at least five times weekly.
20.Child has a special place in which to keep his/her things and “treasures” (other than clothing). *
21.Child is encouraged to learn to use numbers or mathematics. *
22.Child is encouraged to learn to tell time.
23.Child is encouraged to learn to make bed‚ pick up toys‚ and clean his/her room without help.
24.Child is taught rules of social behavior‚ which involve recognition of rights of others.
25.Parent teaches child some simple manners-to say” Please‚” “Thank you‚” “I’m sorry.”
26.Some delay of food gratification is demanded of the child.
27.Ten or more children’s books are present and visible in the home. *
28.At least ten other books are visible in the home. *
29.Child’s outside play environment appears safe and free of hazards. *
30.The interior of the home is not dark or perceptibly monotonous (yes = 2 = light). *
31.House is not overly noisy- T\/‚ shouts of children‚ radio‚ etc. *
32.The rooms are not overcrowded with furniture (yes=2 = not overcrowded).*
33.All visible rooms of the house are reasonably clean and minimally cluttered.*
34.Mother used complex sentence structure and some long words in conversing.
35.Mother used correct grammar and pronunciation. *
36.Mother’s speech is distinct‚ clear‚ and audible. *
37.Child’s art work or awards are displayed some place in the house (anything that the child makes). *
38.Mother introduces interviewer to child.
39.Mother converses with child at least twice during the visit (scolding and skeptical comments not counted).
40.Mother answers child’s questions or requests verbally. *
41.Mother usually responds verbally to child’s talking. *
42.Mother spontaneously praises child’s appearance or behavior at least once during the visit. *
43.When speaking of or to child‚ mother’s voice conveys positive feeling. *
44.Mother sets up situation that allows child to show off during visit.
* Short form Items
Yes=2‚ No=1
This instrument can be found at: Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 236-238.

Poresky‚ Robert H. (1987). Environmental Assessment Index: Reliability‚ Stability‚ and Validity of the Long and Short Forms. Educational and Psychological Measurement‚ 47(4)‚ 969-975.

Poresky‚ Robert H. (1989). Parental Home Assessment Index: Internal and Inter-Parent Reliability and Construct Validity. Educational and Psychological Measurement‚ 49(4)‚ 993-998.

Poresky‚ Robert H. (1987). Environmental Assessment Index. IN Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 236-238.