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The Developmental Quotient (DQ) assigns a number value to the child development of infants. The score combines many subscores from the domains of language, motor, adaptive, and personal-social as prescribed by Arnold Gesell's testing techniques theorized around 1934. The lacking of an IQ score in infants led to the need for another score for development, however, there is little to no link between a child's DQ and IQ in later years. The reasoning here could be the basis for the testing being motor as opposed to verbal skills. This score has been, and still is, used by many adoption agencies to determine placement of infants.

Resources include, but are not limited to: Gesell, A. L. (1934). An atlas of infant behavior. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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