Foundations of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education

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Foundations of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education gives pre-service and in-service early childhood and special education teachers the tools they need to best meet the needs of all children in their classrooms. Using a clear, accessible approach, the authors present the ideas in a way that is applicable both at home and in the classroom. A variety of formal and informal assessments are described, along with a number of practical skills for working effectively with all children. Real-life case studies help to explain the main ideas of each chapter, and a variety of web links plus current research help readers further explore the topics presented.

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This text provides pre-service and in-service early childhood and special education teachers with clear, accessible formal and informal assessment information plus practical skills and techniques for improving services for children in home and classroom settings.

 

In Foundations of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education,” pre-service and in-service early childhood and special education teachers get the formal and informal assessment information and the practical skills they need to better serve young children with exceptional learning needs and/or at risk of developmental delay. The information provided is applicable to both home and classroom settings and includes real life case studies which discuss a variety of disabilities to help readers acquire the necessary decision-making assessment skills.

 

This text emphasizes assessment spiral and highlights collaboration to help teachers work optimally with other professionals and family members to achieve goals. Included are break point practices, activities, web resources, and a sound research base to help readers explore assessment at a higher level of analysis.

 

Highlights of this Edition:

 

·         Field-based case studies present real-life scenarios over a variety of disabilities.

 

·         Current research and standards in the field ground each chapter’s content.

 

·         Current legal changes, as well as the latest revisions of formal and informal assessments keep readers up to date on the topics critical to the field.

 

·         Different types of assessment tools are discussed to help educators with ongoing assessment and the decision-making process.

 

·         Early childhood special education standards are included at the beginning of each chapter to ground the chapter content in standards from the field.

 

·         A variety of learning aids help to make the concepts clear: web links, key terms, breakpoint practice sections, activities, tables of relevant assessments, and more.

 

About the Author:

Dr. Effie Papoutsis Kritikos is a professor in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where she has taught for ten years. She is multi-certified in various areas of special education, including speech-language pathology. Dr. Kritikos has written, reviewed and presented numerous papers for a multitude of organizations and is the author of the textbook, Special Education Assessment: Issues and Strategies Affecting Today’s Classrooms.

 

Dr. Phyllis LeDosquet is an associate professor in early childhood special education in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University where she has coordinated and taught courses in the early childhood special education program for seven years. She has over 20 years experience in the assessment of infants, toddlers, and young children with exceptional learning needs and has provided support to children, families and educators in both home and school environments. 

 

Dr. Mark Melton, LCSW, is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University, where he has taught for five years. Dr. Melton has experience as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and clinical supervisor in various special education settings. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Melton maintains a private practice in clinical social work supporting children with behavioral and regulatory challenges and their families.

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