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Essential Elements for Assessing Infants and Preschoolers with Special Needs, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Mary McLean, Mary Louise Hemmeter, Patricia Snyder

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Aug 20, 2013

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Written for courses in Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education.


Written by renowned early childhood experts, this new text provides the most essential information, early educators and care providers need to know, about regarding evidence-based practices for the assessment of special needs children, age birth through 5.


The content and application in the text was composed to facilitate the application of research and knowledge to practice. This text provides information about each of the following topics: legal requirements for assessment, recommended practices for assessment, and an overview of recommended practices for implementing developmentally appropriate assessment practices for young children with special needs. Assistance for administrators and teachers in developing an overall plan for assessment is provided, the current measurement models and resulting assessment scores with an overview of measurement models, scores, and characteristics of assessment instruments is given, along with guidance for selecting appropriate assessment instruments. Culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment is identified and discussed, with key strategies for assessing young children who are Dual Language Learners, and for providing culturally appropriate assessment when necessary. Evidence-based strategies for assessing young children with special needs across developmental domains are presented, such as assessing challenging behaviors and assessing the early learning environments, and including current evidence-based practice in assessment to utilize successfully in practice. All of the content is written in a clearly-organized and articulated manner, with a format that will ensure complete understanding of the myriad of skills needed by today’s professionals working with young children with extraordinary needs.

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Essential Elements for Assessing Infants and Preschoolers with Special Needs


Chapter 1 - Overview and importance of assessment in EI/ECSE                               

                     Mary McLean

Chapter 2 - Assessment models and methods                                                                

                      Patricia Snyder, Mary McLean and Don Bailey

Chapter 3 - Assessing environments                                                               

                     Mary Louise Hemmeter and Adrienne Golden

Chapter 4 - Diversity, cultural competence and assessment                                     

                    Marci Hanson and Eleanor Lynch

Chapter 5 - Assessing language and communication       

                    Ann Kaiser

Chapter 6 - Assessing social competence and play skills                                                       

                     Erin Barton

Chapter 7 - Functional assessment of challenging behaviors                                       

                    Mary Louise Hemmeter and Kathleen  Artman Meeker

Chapter 8 - Assessing early academic skills                                                   

                     Mary Louise Hemmeter and Jessica Hardy

Chapter 9 - Assessing adaptive skills                                                                                           

                     Patricia Snyder, Mary Louise Hemmeter,  Mary McLean and Eva Horn

Chapter 10 - Assessing motor skills                                                                

                     Jennifer Kilgo

Chapter 11 - Monitoring child progress                                                                                 

                     Mary Wolery

Chapter 12 - Evidence-based practices in assessment                                  

                       Patricia Snyder, Tara McLaughlin and Mary McLean

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