This topical guide on assessment and the family-professional partnership will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Assessment of Young Children with Special Needs: A Context-Based Approach
Susan M. Benner (Ed.)
WS 350.6 .B469a 2003 50767861
Thomson-Delmar Learning, 2003
Focusing on the assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, this text provides an overview of multiple assessment techniques and contextual issues involved in assessment, such as environment and culture.
- Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention: Best Practices
Stephen J. Bagnato
WS 105.5 .E8 B147 2007 84900429
Guilford Press, 2007
This book discusses and analyzes numerous aspects of assessment in early intervention and early childhood special education, including evaluations of early development, severe disabilities, cognitive functioning, and school readiness.
- DEC Recommended Practices in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
Susan Sandall, Mary E. McLean, & Barbara J. Smith (Eds.)
LC 4031 .S213 2000 48371456
This research-to-practice volume offers guidance to parents and professionals working with young children with special needs. The chapters on assessment and developing child-focused interventions offer key principles and suggested standards.
- Interdisciplinary Clinical Assessment of Young Children with Developmental Disabilities
Michael J. Guralnick (Ed.)
WS 350.6 .I588 2000 42204722
Paul H. Brookes, 2000
Examining the process of assessment from the perspectives of multiple disciplines, this book demonstrates how to create new interdisciplinary assessment teams or expand existing teams to ensure that children and their families receive the best care possible. Case studies provide examples of effective collaborations between disciplines in assessment and the design of interventions.
- Road Map to Holland: How I Found My Way Through My Son’s First Two Years with Down Syndrome
Jennifer Graf Groneberg
WS 107 G876 2008 165957499
New American Library, 2008
A mother describes her journey of her son’s diagnosis of Down syndrome through family support, early intervention, therapy, and doctor appointments.
- The Art and Practice of Home Visiting: Early Intervention for Children with Special Needs and Their Families
Ruth E. Cook & Shirley N. Sparks
HV 697 .C771a 2008 226038346
Paul H. Brookes, 2008
This practical guide provides examples and best practices for building relationships with families and facilitating adult-child interaction.
- The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success
WS 350.6 K27e 2010 369296194
Teachers College Press, 2010
Keilty explains what early intervention looks like and how families can best partner with professionals so that young children can learn, grow, and thrive. The book includes a chapter on assessment and planning outlining how parents and professionals can work together throughout the process.
- The Home Visitor’s Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development (3rd ed.)
Carol S. Klass
HQ 755.7 .K63 2008 212014610
Paul H. Brookes, 2008
This book is a compilation of information for professionals who conduct home visits. Expectations are explained and situations that the professionals may encounter during home visits are explored. The book discusses ideas for how to build the bonds between professionals and families. Several sections discuss difficulties and dilemmas that some professionals have dealt with during home visits.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- Authentic Assessment: Parents: Our Most Important Resource
LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 4 56603435
Magna Systems, 2004
This program emphasizes the importance of communicating with and respecting parents throughout the assessment process.
- Authentic Assessment: Setting the Stage
LB 1731.6 A939d 2004 vol. 1 56431982
Magna Systems, 2004
This module sets the stage for understanding how children are observed within the context of their play as well as their culture and how these observations are important to understanding their total development.
- Child with Special Needs
WS 350.6 .C536dvd 2004 61106720
Parents Action for Children, 2005
In this video, families of children with special needs share their stories to help other parents understand what to do when they find out that their child has a special need, how to find answers to their questions, how to advocate for their child, and how to focus on their child’s unique strengths.
- Precious Lives, Meaningful Choices
WS 200 P923 2006 182576075
Fanlight Productions, 2006
In this video, four families discuss their journey of raising and caring for children who have progressive, life-limiting illnesses. Parents share their reflections on care assistants, medical staff, and embracing their children’s lives with courage and hope.
- PACER Center
The mission of the PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children with special needs and their families based on the concept of parents helping parents. The Web site contains information and free resources, including materials on parent-professional partnerships in early intervention
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Early Childhood Education Journal, 29(4), 251-257
Involving Parents in Early Childhood Assessment: Perspectives from an Early Intervention Instructor
Michael B. Brink. (2002)
This article discusses the importance of involving parents and families in the assessment of young children. The author offers suggestions and examples to help the early intervention professional.
- Exceptional Parent, 32 (12), 47-50
Early intervention services: A family-professional partnership
Carolyn Cantu. (2002)
In addition to providing an overview and brief history of early intervention, this article explains family-centered services and the ways in which service providers support and partner with families.
- Journal of Early Intervention, 28(1), 17-22.
The Authentic Alternative for Assessment in Early Intervention: An Emerging Evidence-Based Practice
Stephen J. Bagnato. (2005)
This article provides an overview, summary of the research, and a history of the shift in early intervention toward authentic assessment, which captures real-life competencies in everyday routines.
- Young Exceptional Children, 4(2), 21-27
The dance of partnership: Why do my feet hurt?
Janice Fialka. (2001)
In this article, the author writes from her own experience as a mother of a child with special needs and discusses the complications of parent-professional partnerships. She identifies five distinct features, or dimensions, that both entangle and enhance the partnership dance: choice, forced intimacy, identification of partners, role expectations, and differing priorities.
- Young Exceptional Children, 7(3), 2-11
Embedding Assessment of Young Children into Routines of Inclusive Settings: A Systematic Planning Approach
Rebecca J. Cook. (2004)
The author provides a planning guide to support early child care workers in implementing authentic assessment in inclusive settings and natural environments.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- A Guide to Assessment in Early Childhood: Infancy to Age Eight
This free, downloadable guide from the State of Washington is designed for use by early childhood professionals. The guide includes explanations of best practices in assessment as well as a compendium of assessment instruments.
- Against All Odds: Tianna, Early Intervention and Family Support
In this family story, Katie relates the early years in the life of her daughter, Tianna, who was born with hydrocephalus. Katie discusses the professionals who were involved in her daughter’s early intervention and how their support put Tianna down the path to eventually exceeding her developmental milestones.
- Assessing All Children
This online chapter from the book Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How discusses assessing young children who are members of ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States, young children whose home language is not English, and young children with disabilities.
- Assuring the Family’s Role on the Early Intervention Team
This National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center paper presents a synthesis of innovative practices and ideas for explaining procedural safeguards to families in ways that are supportive of their role as partners in the early intervention process.
- Authentic Assessment in Early Intervention
In this online video, a physical therapist discusses authentic assessment practices such as observation and collaborating with families.
- Building Portfolios with Children with Special Needs
This Web site includes a list of what to include in portfolios, which can be a helpful tool to document milestones, acknowledge progress, and provide an assessment resource to help support a child's learning.
- It Takes a Village: Logan’s Story
Logan’s story describes how his parents and professionals worked together as a team to develop goals. The story of Logan, who had several developmental delays, is told using video clips, audio clips, and text.
- Project TaCTICS Module 1: Routines Based Assessment and Intervention in Natural Environments
This training module is designed to provide professionals with the resources needed to implement a family-guided, routines-based intervention in natural environments. Modules address the need for involving care providers, identifying routines for families, implementing intervention strategies, and working across disciplines and agencies to form a cohesive plan with the family. Resources included in these modules include handouts for families such as “What Families Want to Know about Assessment.”
- Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation
This position statement endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) includes an overview of issues related to assessment in early intervention and early childhood special education, the listing of important quality indicators for those involved in the assessment process, and information about additional resources to assist those interested in implementing assessments. Specific recommendations are made related to selecting assessment tools, communicating assessment results, and ensuring ethical and legal practices.
- Screening, Evaluation, and Assessment
This National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center page includes links to many resources, including overviews of assessment methods, information on the assessment of young English-language learners, and position papers on assessment from several national organizations such as Head Start and the National Association of School Psychologists.
- The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC): Assistive Technology (AT) for Infants, Toddlers and Young Children
The NECTAC page on AT includes an overview, an FAQ section, information on federal and state laws on AT, information on universal design, and several extensive bibliographies of articles on AT and early intervention.
- Tips for Surviving Child Developmental Assessment
Zero to Three provides this brief handout for parents, explaining the assessment process and providing tips for their involvement.
- What Is Developmental Screening?
Developmental screening? Comprehensive assessment? Ongoing assessment? Parents often wonder what these terms mean. All are processes for gathering information about an infant, toddler, or preschooler. The first step in gathering information about a child is to complete a developmental screening. Also available in Spanish and Polish.
- What Is Developmental Screening?
Developmental screening? Comprehensive assessment? Ongoing assessment? Parents often wonder what these terms mean. All are processes for gathering information about an infant, toddler, or preschooler. The first step in gathering information about a child is to complete a developmental screening. Also in Spanish and Polish.