Review and Analysis of Screening and Assessment Tools

RATIONALE
The focus of this assignment is to offer the student the opportunity to review and analyze a variety of assessment tools for use with young children. The focus will be on the students research and analysis skills and will increase the students understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of screening tool and standardized assessment tools. When you are working as a professional in the field of family and childrens services, it is important for you to have a solid understanding of the applications and limitations of assessment tools for identifying the
developmental needs of an individual child. The information obtained will increase the students
awareness of the importance of their own role in partnering with parents to ensure their understanding and acceptance of the processes of assessment, identification and intervention for their children.

STEPS to FOLLOW:

You will read through the case study and focus on the child in order to complete this assignment. You will clearly identify your concerns for this child in terms of potential risks to ongoing development; environmental and potentially physical, cognitive and social/emotional risks or concerns. Use reputable resources to clearly identify the childs potential developmental delays and/or risks. Be clear and specific in stating your concerns and ensure that you present reputable research to back-up your inferences on the potential impact of the risk factors on the childs development. Conduct your research into screening and assessment tools and choose one screening tool and one assessment tool that you believe will generate the most accurate developmental information on the child.

*Screening Tool that should be used: Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 (ASQ-3)

*Assessment Tool that should beused: Test of Early Language Development 3 (TELD-3)

There must be a connection between your identification of risks and concerns, and your choice of screening and assessment tools. Keep in mind your focus is to be on identifying the childs developmental needs and informing your intervention planning and practices. Of the two tools you choose to analyze, one must be clearly identified as a screening tool and the other an assessment tool that is designed to be used by yourself – as someone
with a background in child development, or even by a supporting professional for the purpose of diagnoses. The tools must be shown to be valid and reliable. In your paper you must identify several tools that you could potentially use and then outline the reasoning for your specific
choice. State why you chose these tools and not others.

DO NOT USE A CUT AND PASTE format from website information or information from readings on the tool. Rather, in your own words, discuss how the features of the specific tools are likely to provide you with the most helpful information as you continue to plan and implement supports for the child based on the risks that you determine need immediate attention. Also clearly indicate if any weaknesses are inherent in the structure or use of the tool itself (i.e. how or when it is to be used, by whom, and how you might have to make modifications in order to generate the most useable results).

The following is an outline of additional information you will need to consider, reflect on, and directly address in the writing of your analysis paper. THIS IS NOT A QUESTION AND ANSWER ASSIGNMENT so I do not want to read individual answers to the following points. All should be included in a thoughtful and well-structured paper:

Provide proof that the tools chosen are appropriate for the childs age, suspected level of development, and whether or not any biological or environmental concerns relevant to the child are appropriately addressed. Include a discussion on these points and how you know this.

Your analysis of each tool should include a justification of why it was chosen and how and where you would plan to use it (i.e. use yourself in the classroom with the child, have it
completed by a home visitor, or request a psychologist or a psychometrist to consult).

Consider the possible barriers to implementing the tools as designed and how you might have to make specific modifications when using the tools; e.g. environmental limitations, childs characteristics and temperamental issues, parent issues or concerns?
Who would you want to be present and part of the assessment process? With whom would you hope to share the results and why? Of those you can foresee might be involved in the childs life (both family members and professionals), who might be most interested in the results /scores generated by the use of the tools and why?

WHAT TO INCLUDE (IN THIS ORDER)!

*Very detailed identification of risk factors and/or developmental concerns for the child. Includes very detailed description of research to support an analysis of the potential for negative impact on the childs future development

*Very clear introduction of tool and presentation of information on the process of researching the screening tool; i.e. what resources, texts, articles, were accessed. Detailed evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, recommendations, and limitations for use. Clearly linked to childs potential needs.

*Very clear introduction of comprehensive/ detailed assessment tool and presentation of information on the process of researching the tool; i.e. what resources, texts, articles, were accessed. Assessment tool is properly identified for use; includes a detailed evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, recommendations for use, and limitations for use. Clearly linked to childs potential needs.

*Critically explores the issue of how assessment tools may be viewed or accepted (or not) from the perspective of the parent. Detailed discussion of opportunity for involvement of teacher, CAS worker or any potential intervention workers as appropriate in the assessment process including interest in the results of the use of the tools.