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A Practical
Guide to Early Childhood Assessment:
Conducting Developmental and Psychological
Evaluations
in the Early Intervention Program
by Scott Mesh, PhD & Joanne Loeb,
PhD

INTRODUCTION | Contents | Order

“An extremely comprehensive,
thoughtful, and useful guide for assessing young children. It contains
a wealth of practical information that should make it a valuable
resource for professionals and graduate students alike.”
David Glenwick, PhD, Professor of Psychology
Former Director, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Fordham University

Using this practical guide will increase your knowledge of the following:

  • Developmental disorders of early childhood
  • Key aspects of the Early Intervention Program
  • Working with families and siblings in the home
  • Engaging the young child to get optimal results
  • Assessment of autism/pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)

This informative guide includes the following:

  • Early Childhood Autism/PDD Assessment Guide
  • Popular Early Childhood Tests & Measures
  • Detailed discussion of how to overcome early childhood assessment
    challenges
  • The six major report writing errors, and how to avoid them
  • Parent interview guide
  • Step by step suggestions on how to provide the most effective
    evaluations

The authors:

Dr. Mesh and Dr. Loeb are experienced bilingual Spanish-speaking
clinicians specializing in home-based assessment of infants and
toddlers with all developmental disorders including autism and
pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). They work with young
children from all communities in the New York City area. Together,
they have evaluated several thousand infants and toddlers in the
Early Intervention Program. They train early childhood professionals
in the techniques they have developed over years of early childhood
practice.

Chapter 1
The Early Intervention Program
History, philosophy, guidelines, and regulations of the Early Intervention
Program.

Chapter 2
Understanding Developmental Delays and Disorders in Early Childhood
Normal early childhood development, important early developmental milestones,
delays versus disorders, criteria for eligibility under the EIP, diagnostic
criteria for autism and the pervasive developmental disorders.

Chapter 3
General Considerations When Conducting Early Childhood Evaluations
Individual versus team evaluations, the referral, scheduling issues, parents’ feelings
about the evaluation process.

Chapter 4
Beginning the Evaluation
Safety issues, initial contact with the family, family culture, obtaining consent,
use of a laptop computer, explaining the evaluation process, establishing rapport,
the sequence of the evaluation.

Chapter 5
The Parent Interview
Interviewing style and techniques, suggested topics and outline for parent
interview, how to work with the parent to obtain a full understanding of the
child.

Chapter 6
Formal Testing, Tests and Measures
Setting up for the formal testing, involving parents, eliciting optimal performance,
eliciting cooperation from the child, establishing rapport, involving siblings,
establishing validity of the testing, early childhood tests and measures.

Chapter 7
Informal Assessment of Behavior, Social-Emotional Functioning, and Play
Behavioral observations, social-emotional functioning, play assessment, play
scales.

Chapter 8
Closing Discussion with Parents
Last questions, situational factors, informing parents of your impressions
and recommendations.

Chapter 9
Identifying Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS (PDD) in Young
Children
Diagnostic criteria, the parent interview, rating scales and other measures,
clinical observations, challenges of assessing autism, discussing autism with

Chapter 10
Writing Early intervention Reports
Purpose of the reports, common report writing problems and solutions,
suggested report outline, writing about autism and pervasive developmental
disorders, working with an evaluation agency.

Appendix l
Medical Disorders of Early Childhood

Appendix ll
Common Childhood Behavioral and Social Disorders

Resources
Organizations, journals, newsletters, and websites that provide additional
information on early childhood assessment.

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The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

New York City Westchester County
311 914-813-5094

Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.

Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.

Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Los Niños Services is approved by New York State and has contracts with New York City and Westchester County to provide early intervention services.