ERIC Number: ED082408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Learning Disabilities/Early Childhood Research Project. Annual Report August 31, 1972.
Mardell, C. G.; Goldenberg, D. S.
Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning (DIAL), a 1 year project in Illinois, funded through Title VI, to develop screening procedures for identification of prekindergarten children with potential learning disabilities is described. Discussed are evaluation of existing test instruments, which did not meet established criteria, and use of the same criteria to develop an identification instrument for observing and recording behaviors. Criteria are specified such as applicability for age range, individual administration, duration time of 30 minutes, minimal cost, multidimensionality, noncategorical approach, and use by paraprofessionals. Screening of children in sensory, motor, affective, social, conceptual, and language areas with such tasks as walking on a walking board, catching, separating from mother easily, or talking in phrases is detailed. Results of two pilot studies and screening of approximately 4,400 children in eight localities in Illinois are given, which indicate that of 124 items which could show a developmental trend, 118 were statistically significant. Recommendations of Project DIAL include conducting developmental screening programs of the total 3- to 5-year-old population (including vision and hearing screening), developing of children's profiles, distributing the profiles to the pediatrician or family doctor, and considering the child's assets as the factor which might determine success in school. More than half the document is devoted to appendixes containing sample screening instruments, memoranda, a parent questionnaire, and evaluation reports. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title VI