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Planning with Families for Evaluation and Assessment:

Essential Content of Planning with Families

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Using self-report instruments in conjunction with personal interviews to help families identify their concerns, priorities, and resources

Self-report instruments- such as surveys and questionnaires about child-related family resources and priorities-may be helpful for family members to review during a personal interview, or may be left with family members to look over later. Some people find that completing a written questionnaire helps them think about their family routines and resources, and others prefer to talk about them (Sexton, D., & Snyder, P., Rheams, T., Barron-Sharp, B. & Perez, J., 1991). Family members often rate written instruments as more useful and user-friendly than do service providers (Bailey and Blascoe, 1990). This may be because such surveys tend to be brief, and provide clear boundaries for information sharing.

When self-report instruments are used to supplement a personal interview, a variety of measures should be available. Each family member should be provided with an individual copy. Family members also should have the option of deciding how the information will be shared (e.g., return completed surveys to the interim service coordinator, or keep responses only for family use for further discussion with early intervention providers).

The following self-report instruments can be found in Appendix A of this session:


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