Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders (HTKS)
Measure of Self-Regulation

The HTKS task of self-regulation is a valid and reliable measure of self-regulation that has been translated into over 20 languages and is being used worldwide.

HTKS

The HTKS task of self-regulation is a valid and reliable measure of self-regulation that has been translated into over 20 languages and is being used worldwide. The task was developed by Dr. Claire Cameron and Dr. Megan McClelland and is currently available for research purposes only.

The HTKS works best with children ages 4-8 and takes about 5-7 minutes to administer.

If you are interested in obtaining this task for your research, please complete the HTKS request & registration form and a member of our research team will contact you.

   HTKS request & registration form

 

HTKS-R

The HTKS has now been revised to include a downward extension, called the Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders-Revised (HTKS-R). This version requires children to first complete a verbal 'opposites' section before continuing through the original HTKS 3-part version. The HTKS-R has been shown to reduce floor effects and is a valid and reliable measure of self-regulation in young children (Gonzales et al., 2021).

The HTKS-R works best with children ages 3-8 and takes about 5-8 minutes to administer.

If you would like to receive this revised version of the task, please complete the online HTKS-R request and registration form.

   HTKS-R request & registration form

 

HTKS: Research Article Bank

This Research Article Bank was created to help facilitate sharing of articles related to the HTKS task. This is only a select number of available articles on the HTKS, but a comprehensive collection can be found at Kindergarten Readiness Research Program publications.

If you have an article that you would like added to this bank, please email it to kreadiness@oregonstate.edu.

 

Additional HTKS information

For additional information regarding the HTKS or HTKS-R task, please visit Kindergarten Readiness Research Program publications, or email kreadiness@oregonstate.edu.