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Early Childhood Assessment

Carol S. Lidz

ISBN: 978-0-471-26930-4 December 2002 313 Pages


A new guide to conducting more comprehensive and meaningfulpsychological assessments of young children

Early Childhood Assessment presents a thorough, step-by-stepapproach to the comprehensive psychological assessment of youngchildren. In addition to covering major psychological tests, thisinvaluable resource includes specific guidelines and formats forinterviewing parents and other caregivers, observing children andcaregiver-child interaction, conducting dynamic assessments,writing reports, and evaluating outcomes of recommendedinterventions.

Dr. Lidz's approach encourages a broad range of observation with anoverarching objective of completing a picture of the "whole" child,from family life to social-emotional and neuropsychologicalfunctioning. She leads the reader through each step of acomprehensive assessment, touching on the major data sourcesnecessary for a full understanding of the child within differentenvironments. Throughout the book, Dr. Lidz advocates bestassessment practices that reflect the interests of children andfamilies.

Features useful information on:
* Conducting initial interviews and observations for setting thecourse of the assessment
* Using standardized and nonstandardized approaches to generateboth qualitative and quantitative data
* Viewing children and families within their culturalcontexts
* Integrating assessment data sources to generate meaningfulrecommendations and readable reports

* Includes unique chapters on play, observation of parent-child andteacher-child interactions, and dynamic assessment

Early Childhood Assessment is a valuable tool for professionals andstudents who are concerned about the richness and complexity ofchildren's development within their families and communities.
Chapter 1: In the Beginning...
Chapter 2: Observing Children, Programs, and Teachers.
Chapter 3: Families, Homes, and Cultural Contexts.
Chapter 4: Assessment of Play.
Chapter 5: Development-, Curriculum-, and Performance-Based Assessment.
Chapter 6: Dynamic Assessment.
Chapter 7: Standardized Testing.
Chapter 8: Social-Emotional Functioning.
Chapter 9: The Neuropsychological Functioning of Young Children.
Chapter 10: Assembling, Reporting, and Evaluating the Pieces.

Appendix A: National Association of School Psychologists Position Statement on Early Childhood Assessment.
Appendix B: New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) Guidelines for Preschool Psychological Assessment in New York State.
Appendix C: Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Position Paper on Developmental Delay as an Eligibility Category.
Appendix D: National Association for the Education of Young Children Position Paper: Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education.
  • Features step-by-step instructions for accurate, comprehensive assessment of young children.
  • Covers important topics such as play, parent-child interaction, and dynamic assessment that are not included in other books.