Chapter 1: In the Beginning . . . .
Risk and Resilience.
Chapter 2: Observing Children, Programs, and Teachers.
Issues of Observation.
Chapter 3: Families, Homes, and Cultural Contexts.
The Family as a System.
Parenting a Child with Special Needs.
Conducting a Family Interview.
Some Concluding Thoughts.
Chapter 4: Assessment of Play.
Relevance of Play.
Characteristics of Play.
Exploration versus Play.
Developmental Aspects of Play.
Children with Disabilities.
Assessment of Play.
Suggested Guidelines for Observing Play.
General Assessment Considerations.
Chapter 5: Development-, Curriculum-, and Performance-Based Assessment.
Le Plus Ça Change . . . .
Chapter 6: Dynamic Assessment.
Definition and Characteristics.
A Generic Approach to Curriculum-Based Dynamic Assessment.
The Application of Cognitive Functions Scale.
Some Editorial Remarks.
Chapter 7: Standardized Testing.
Examples of Standardized Tests for Young Children.
Standardized Testing and Issues of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.
Chapter 8: Social-Emotional Functioning.
Adaptive Behavior and Coping.
Functional Behavior Assessment.
Chapter 9: The Neuropsychological Functioning of Young Children.
The “Neuro” in Neuropsychological Assessment.
The Mental Status Exam.
Neuropsychological Assessment of Young Children.
Five Important Points.
Implications for Assessment.
Chapter 10: Assembling, Reporting, and Evaluating the Pieces.
Linking Assessment with Intervention.
Communicating with Teachers and Parents.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Interventions.
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.
About the Author.
- 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.