Synopses & Reviews
Written by experts, this book prepares users who will work with special-needs infants and preschoolers to use assessment for the purpose of planning effective, personalized intervention programs. Thoroughly updated material ensures readers are up-to-date on developments in the field, helping them better understand, and make use of, current technologies and future advances. Examines the full range of assessment issues—from test development to cultural competence—with an emphasis on family-centered practices, the impact of a child's everyday environment, and the value of collaborative decision-making in order to understand the "whole" child who has a disability. The authors thoroughly ground readers in the fundamentals of all assessment, while concentrating most on assessment of the youngest children birth to five years old. Updated material addresses recent legislation, new trends in the field, and the latest assessment instruments. Contains full chapters on functional behavior assessment and environmental assessment—as well as thorough coverage of cultural and linguistic assessment. For educators assessing infants and preschoolers with special needs.
Preparing those who work with special-needs infants and preschoolers to use assessment for the purpose of planning effective, personalized intervention programs, this guide contains thoroughly updated material to ensure readers are up to date on developments in the field.
Table of Contents
1. Assessment and Its Importance in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
2. Tests and Test Development.
3. Procedural Considerations in Assessing Infants and Preschoolers with Disabilities.
4. Family Diversity, Assessment, and Cultural Competence.
5. Identification and Referral.
6. Screening and Assessment of Sensory Functioning.
7. Assessing Family Resources, Priorities, and Concerns.
8. Assessing Childrens' Environments.
9. Functional Behavioral Assessment in Early Education Settings.
10. Assessing Cognitive Development.
11. Assessing Motor Skills in Infants and Young Children.
12. Assessing Communication Skills.
13. Assessing Social Competence.
14. Assessing Play Skills.
15. Assessing Adaptive Behavior.
16. Using Assessment Information to Plan Intervention Programs.
17. Monitoring Childrens' Progress and Intervention Implementation.