Measuring progress and ability levels

In this week’s reading, you learned about the strengths and weaknesses of the assessment tools available to measure a child’s progress and ability levels. You have also learned about early intervention services including an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) and an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Additionally, you learned that each assessment can be used to direct y our lessons as you work to address each student’s weaker performance areas and support the child’s stronger areas of development. Please respond to this three-part discussion in three paragraphs and support your responses with research and references from your reading:

  • Acting in the role of the Service Coordinator for Child Find, explain will you want your parents to know about the process of screening and diagnostic testing and your role in the process. What type of questions might a parent ask a service coordinator?
  • Evaluate the services offered by two organizations in your state that cater to children with developmental delays.
  • Some children are already involved in schooling situations and have yet to be identified. In your role as an early childhood professional, you will use observational instruments in conjunction with more formal assessments. Give an example of a parent conference using these assessments to explain to the parents the need for a referral for additional diagnostic testing.
  • Analyze how diagnostic testing help s early childhood professionals in planning intervention programs?