Planning with Families for Evaluation and Assessment:
Application & Reflection
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2.6: Using a child's Medical/Developmental information to plan evaluation
Consider the following scenarios related to using a child’s
medical and developmental history in their evaluation and assessment,
and reflect on the questions accompanying each vignette.
Kate Easton has just returned home to her parents and her
older brother after spending her first three months in a NICU.
Kate was born 12 weeks premature and weighed just 1100 grams.
She is a fighter, and survived many ups and downs during her
NICU (Neo-Infant Care Unit) stay. She is now 4 months old and
weighs 4.6 lbs.
Mrs. Easton called the local Infants and Toddlers Program to
ask for assistance. You followed up with an initial visit to
talk about your EI program and find out more about how to help
Kate and her family. Her parents are most concerned about Kate’s
weight gain. It takes Kate a very long time to drink her bottle,
and she must be fed every 3-4 hours, day and night. The Eastons
also have questions about what to expect regarding how soon she
will “catch up” with other children, and sit up by
1. How will you explain early
intervention to Mr. & Mrs. Easton?
Core considerations: The Easton's experience with medical
professionals has been in a neonatal intensive care setting.
What information can you share with this family about
early intervention, particularly informal and formal
family supports, to help them understand what your program
offers in comparison to a medical facility?
What do the Eastons need to know about your program so
that they can give their informed
consent for evaluation
2. What previous medical and developmental
evaluations would you expect to have been completed
for Kate, and how will you use this information?
Core consideration: Is Kate eligible
for Part C early intervention services due to having
a condition which can result in developmental delay?
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