ERIC Number: ED357049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Assessing Young Children. NASP Acquisition Series.
Danielson, Elizabeth Bull; And Others
Because the assessment needs of young children and infants with handicaps are often quite different from those of the school-age populations with which child study teams have the most experience, this manual addresses issues relevant to the pre-kindergarten population. Chapter 1 provides an overview of general issues related to preschool assessment (assessment practices and planning, child influences on assessment, and test administration guidelines). Chapter 2 describes the use of observation techniques as an assessment tool (observations to check test data or assess functional skills, behavioral observation, and observing parent-child interactions). Chapter 3 focuses on parent and family involvement in the assessment process and on interviewing parents. Chapter 4 reviews measurement issues most often relevant in preschool assessment (definitions of terms, measurement concepts, and guidelines for test review). Chapter 5 discusses ways that assessment information can be conveyed to parents, agencies, and other professionals (staffing/feedback sessions and guidelines for written reports). Appendixes provide the following items: (1) regulations; (2) sample behavior observation forms; (3) a parent questionnaire (social and developmental history); (4) guidelines for clinical report preparation; and (5) notes on infant assessment. (SLD)
Descriptors: Clinical Diagnosis, Disabilities, Early Intervention, Educational Assessment, Educational Diagnosis, Guidelines, Handicap Identification, Infants, Information Dissemination, Observation, Parent Participation, Preschool Education, Psychological Testing, Questionnaires, Test Use, Young Children
NASP Publication Office, 808 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Psychologists, Washington, DC.; Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul. Special Education Section.