ERIC Number: ED187427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Screening and Assessment of Kindergarten Children with Developmental Risks.
Moore, C. Rochelle; Sunal, Cynthia S.
This paper reports the implementation of teacher-made, early education screening practices and materials for identifying pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children with developmental risks. A total of 105 children were screened in the spring of 1979 using screening tests devised by the researcher, another kindergarten teacher and a special education teacher. Children were assessed in 15 skill areas, including visual and auditory memory, closure and comprehension, language, gross motor balance, self control, cognitive ability, visual and auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, laterality, and body image. Those children scoring poorly in an area, or areas, were rescreened in the fall of 1979. Children scoring consistently below average were observed in the classroom to determine if further diagnosis was necessary. Nine of 43 children were referred for diagnosis. It was found that a child who performed low in certain skill areas as measured by the screening device, exhibited deficiencies in the same skill areas in the classroom. Of the nine students diagnosed, five whose evaluations had been compelted showed similarities in screening and diagnostic test performance. However, it was found that poor test scores may not indicate a typical learning problem. Validity of the screening device is discussed. Brief profiles of the five diagnosed children are provided. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Maturation Lag