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IFSP Tutorial - Evaluation and Assessment

Planning with Families for Evaluation and Assessment:

Overview for Planning with Families

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Understand how a family's concerns, priorities and resources related to their child's development provide a foundation for the IFSP process, including evaluation and assessment.


  • Illustrate with 3 examples how cultural differences and past experiences affect a family's decision to discuss priorities, resources and concerns related to their child's development.
  • Identify at least 4 strategies an early intervention provider can employ to respectfully assist families in identifying their priorities, resources and concerns related to their child's development.
  • Clarify the type of parental consent required for evaluation and assessment, and how it can be obtained.
  • Describe at least 5 issues to discuss with family members while planning a child's evaluation and assessment.
  • Describe at least 3 concerns families may voice while planning for a child's evaluation and assessment.
  • Describe how available medical/developmental information about a child can affect evaluation and assessment planning.
  • Explain the importance of evaluating and assessing a child within the context of daily activities and family routines.
  • Illustrate with 3 examples how to choose staff to conduct a child's evaluation and assessment based on available medical/developmental information and the family's priorities and concerns.


Planning with Families

girl with dollPlanning with Families has four key activities for readers: essential content, application, recommended reading and self assessment. The following chart gives an overview of the sessions' activities with suggested time allotments.



Summary of Activities
Time allotment
Read Essential Content about planning with families for evaluation and assessment
1.5 hours
Application 2.2: Appreciating cultural beliefs and practices
1-2 hrs
Application 2.3: Identifying informal and formal resources
.5 hours
Application 2.4: Addressing possible family concerns about evaluation and assessment
1 hour
Application 2.5: Tracking evaluation and assessment planning with 1-3 families
2 hours
Application 2.6: Using a child's Medical/Developmental information to plan evaluation and assessment
1 hour
Recommended Reading
1 hour
Complete Self-Assessment
.5 hour

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