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Infant Toddler Assessment

  1. 1. The Importance of Assessing Infants and Toddlers A product of CFS 294of WKU By Elizabeth Childress
  2. 2. What is Assessment? <ul><li>Assessment: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Is the process of gathering information about children from several forms of evidence, then organizing and interpreting that information.” </li></ul><ul><li>(McAfee, Leong, & Bodrova, 2004, p.3) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is it important to assess? <ul><li>Promote children’s learning and development </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying children for health </li></ul><ul><li>Diagnosis developmental delays </li></ul><ul><li>Age appropriate in content and data collection </li></ul><ul><li>Parental involvement for results </li></ul><ul><li>“ All assessment decisions taken as a whole will direct and alter children’s learning outcomes” (Morrison, 2008) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Who assesses infants and toddlers? <ul><li>Pediatrician </li></ul><ul><li>* “Evaluates the newborn by using the Apgar scale to determine whether he or she is in good health.” </li></ul><ul><li>Neonatologist </li></ul><ul><li>* “Conducts a comprehensive evaluation on a premature baby to determine what therapy should be initiated to improve the chances for survival and optimal development.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Types of assessments for toddlers and infants <ul><li>Apgar Scale </li></ul><ul><li>* Birth status of infant </li></ul><ul><li>* Assess health of newborn infant </li></ul><ul><li>Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale </li></ul><ul><li>* First Month </li></ul><ul><li>* Identifies infants ability to modulate its behavioral systems in response to external stimuli </li></ul>
  6. 6. Types of assessments con’t… <ul><li>Adaptive Behavior Assessment System </li></ul><ul><li>* Infant and preschool </li></ul><ul><li>* Adaptive Skills </li></ul><ul><li>* Assess strength & weaknesses in adaptive skills </li></ul><ul><li>Bayley Scales of Infant Development II </li></ul><ul><li>* Diagnose Developmental Delays </li></ul><ul><li>* Intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>* “Measures physical, motor, sensory, and cognitive development” (Logsdon, 2009) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of assessments con’t… <ul><li>Gessell Developmental Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>* Developmental </li></ul><ul><li>* Detect developmental delay </li></ul><ul><li>Communication & Symbolic Behavior Scales </li></ul><ul><li>* Infants, toddlers, preschoolers </li></ul><ul><li>* Language development </li></ul><ul><li>* Assess communication and symbolic development </li></ul>
  8. 8. References <ul><li>Logsdon, A. (2009). Tests for infant and toddler development - bayley scales test early development . Retrieved from http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/intelligencetests/p/bayleyscales.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Morrison, G.R. (2008). Why is Assessment important? . Retrieved from http://www.education.com/reference/article/why-assessment-important/ </li></ul><ul><li>Wortham, S. (2008 ). Assessment in early childhood education . Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you!!! </li></ul>

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