Authentic Assessment For Early Childhood Intervention

Best Practices

About the Course:

Meeting a crucial need, this book provides clear recommendations for authentic developmental assessment of children from infancy to age 6, including those with developmental delays and disabilities. It describes principles and strategies for collecting information about children’s everyday activities in the home, preschool, and community, which provides a valid basis for intervention planning and progress monitoring. Throughout, the book emphasizes the importance of enlisting parents as partners with practitioners and teachers in observation and team-based decision making. Special features of this well-organized, accessible volume include recommendations for developmentally appropriate assessment tools and “Best-Practice Guidepoints” in each chapter that distill key professional standards and practices.


Guilford Press

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Bagnato, Stephen J.

About the Author:

Stephen J. Bagnato, EdD, is a developmental school psychologist and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Bagnato is a core faculty member for Developmental Psychology Interdisciplinary Training at the UCLID Center at the University of Pittsburgh, a Maternal and Child Health Bureau leadership education institute in neurodevelopmental disabilities, and is Director of Early Childhood Partnerships (ECP) at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In over 30 years of research, Dr. Bagnato has specialized in authentic curriculum-based assessment and program evaluation research strategies for young children at developmental risk and with neurodevelopmental disabilities, and has authored over 120 research and applied publications. He has received numerous professional research awards from the National Brain Injury Research Association and the American Psychological Association (Division 16) and was the 2001 recipient of the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award for his activities in ECP. Dr. Bagnato provides consultation and training to state agencies in early childhood intervention “best practices,” challenging and atypical behaviors, authentic assessment in early childhood, and authentic program outcome evaluation research.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care and educational professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about authentic developmental assessment guidelines for infants and young children. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify guidelines for authentic assessment of children from infancy to age 6.

  2. Cite examples of the evidence base and current professional standards supporting authentic assessment of young children.

  3. Describe how authentic assessment can prevent the mismeasure of young children.

  4. Explain how clinical judgments, teamwork, and functional behavioral assessments all contribute to accurate authentic assessment of young children.

  5. Compare how authentic assessments are used with young children who have behavioral, developmental, and other disabilities.

  6. Recognize how authentic assessment can be used to plan for early school success and for evaluating intervention outcomes.

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Course Number: 101484
Credit Hours: 14cr
NBCC Credit Hours: 14cr
Exam Fee: $97.58
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