In this module, Cate introduces how to appropriately assess preschoolers for disabilities without the use of test scores. If an evaluation that reports scores states “interpret with caution,” the evaluator has not done his or her job. The score does not accurately determine the child’s abilities. She states that evaluators need to be detectives and anthropologists to find and analyze the relevant data (e.g. the child’s background and communication characteristics) that will help the evaluator determine whether the child has a disability or is just slower to develop in the wide range of normal.
Resources from this module:
20 U.S.C. § 1400 et seq. (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004).
ASHA (2004). Knowledge and Skills Required by Speech Pathologists and Audiologists to Provide Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services. Rockville, MD: ASHA.
Preschool Disability Evaluations (PDE) Playlist: http://www.leadersproject.org/2013/06/26/playlist-of-preschool-disability-evaluations-modules/