The Sheffield Learning Disability Outcome Measure (SLDOM) is a measure of parents’ perception of their child’s symptoms and their ability to cope with their child’s symptoms.

Property Definition SLDOM
Reliability Degree to which respondents in a similar sample had similar scores No information available
Test-retest reliability Degree to which the same respondents have the same score after period of time when trait shouldn’t have changed No information available
Concurrent validity Correlation of the measure with others measuring the same concept No information available
Discriminant validity Lack of correlation with opposite concepts No information available


The SLDOM is to be completed by parents/carers of children aged 3-16 years old.


No translations available at present.


The SLDOM questionnaire has three parts. Part 1 is designed to be completed at Time 1 and Time 2, and then the whole measure (Parts 1-3) should be completed at discharge.

Part 1: includes eight items which relate to understanding the child’s behaviour, and looks at the relationship between carer/parent and child, level of confidence and views about the future. The questions use a 5 point likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree, and 0 = not applicable)

Part 2: includes 10 items which ask about how the team works and how the service is delivered. It is useful for services that offer an outreach provision into people’s homes and are not necessarily clinic based. The questions use a 5 point likert scale (1 = strongly disagree, 5 = strongly agree, and 0 = not applicable)

Part 3: this is a free text section which allows the respondent to put down their views about what they found helpful about the care they received, whether there was anything they did not like or needs improving, and suggestions for improving the service they received.

The SLDOM is designed to be completed by individuals either on paper or on a computer.

Both versions of the questionnaires (Part 1 and Parts 1-3) can be found here:

Scoring and Interpretation

Information on scoring and interpretation can be found in this document.

Terms of use

The SLDOM is free to use.

The name of the author should be displayed on all paper copies of the form as follows:

Dr. Evette Girgis consultant child and adolescent Learning Disability Psychiatrist, Sheffield Children NHS Foundation Trust and CORC.

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