Assessment

Assessment Enhancement:  Observing and Interpreting Neurobehavioral Cues
The key to a good assessment is observing, interpreting and reporting observational data.  Professionals working with very young children are constantly observing behavior. Learning how to interpret behavior from a neuroscience perspective is the focus of this workshop.  Participants will be taught to observe and “read” cues that are related to a child’s unique neurological functioning.  By enhancing assessment in this way, child development professionals will be able to more fully understand a child’s unique developmental profile and in turn be able to individualize subsequent intervention  

Getting to Know IDA (Infant Toddler Development Assessment)
The Infant Toddler Developmental Assessment (IDA) is a tool that assesses the development of children from birth to age three in the context of their health and social/familial environments.  Professionals from all disciplines can use IDA with families in the service of understanding the development of the infant and toddler.   IDA has a strong philosophical and theoretical base that supports and promotes best practice in developmental assessment. Through a series of integrated phases, IDA considers family and health variables along with the child’s developmental abilities in order to identify the child’s strengths and challenges. 
In this workshop participants will be guided through the IDA process of infant toddler assessment.  Participants will be encouraged to articulate and challenge their beliefs and practices and will be expected to participate in a small group case study exercise.

Everything You Needed and Wanted to Know About Assessment
This workshop will address the differences between screening, assessment and evaluation, the various types of teaming models, and the role of caregivers in the assessment process.  Observational data collections as well as the effects of health/medical variables, developmental agenda and culture will also be examined as they relate to the assessment process.  The importance of synthesizing assessment findings and analyzing them in the context of family variables will be emphasized.

 Why Does He Do That?
Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Why does he do that?” Do you ever wonder why some of your best techniques work with some kids and not others?   In this workshop we will take the position that all behavior has meaning.   And, that it is our job as adults who work with and/or care for young children to figure out what the child’s behavior is telling us.  Participants will be introduced to a variety of theories and philosophies that can be applied when observing and interpreting behaviors which are confusing or challenging. Participants will learn to apply neurobehavioral, medical, sensory processing, developmental and cultural frameworks as a means of understanding behavior.  Corresponding intervention strategies will be introduced and discussed.   Participants will be encouraged to understand the ways in which their own personality and temperaments may influence a child to behave in certain ways.  The environmental context will also be examined.  There is a lot to learn!  Please, come join the conversation.