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IFSP Tutorial - Evaluation and Assessment

Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment:

Overview of Comprehensive Evaluation/Assessment

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Explain how to carry out an initial evaluation and ongoing assessment of a child's progress


  • Describe the 3 ways a child can be found eligible for early intervention services.
  • Describe an evaluation, which meets requirements to be "multidisciplinary", "timely", "nondiscriminatory" and "comprehensive."
  • Explain why it is important to conduct a developmental evaluation in a child's natural environment and illustrate with 2 examples.
  • Illustrate with 3 examples how to involve family members in a child's developmental evaluation/assessment within a child's/family's natural settings.
  • Describe 4 evaluation/assessment methods (naturalistic observation, informed clinical opinion, criterion referenced and norm referenced tests) and give examples of how each can be used to determine initial and continuing eligibility for early intervention services, and conduct ongoing assessment of a child's progress and family supports/services.
  • Describe at least 3 factors to consider when choosing an evaluation/assessment methodology to gather information about a child's functioning and participation in daily settings.
  • Describe how evaluation and assessment is a collaborative process involving early intervention providers and family members.
  • Illustrate with 2 examples how to share evaluation/assessment results with families using jargon-free language.
  • Identify the information required to document the eligibility decision for early intervention in a written statement.
  • Identify 4 essential components of a family-friendly evaluation report.


Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment
baby boy Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment has four key activities for readers: essential content, application, recommended reading and self assessment. The following chart gives an overview of the session’s activities with suggested time allotments.


Summary of Activities
Time allotment

Read Essential Content about carrying out a comprehensive evalution of eligiblity

1 hour

Application 3.2: Tracking evaluation/assessment

2 hours

Application 3.3: Roles in evaluation/assessment

1 hour

Application 3.4: Natural observation

1 hour

Application 3.5: Family/Child vignette

1 hour

Recommended Reading

2 hours

Complete Self-Assessment

.5 hour


Guiding Questions for Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment

1. What do we really need to know to determine a child's eligibility and identify, with families, meaningful outcomes and supports/services for this child and family?

2. When do we need to know it?

3. What is the best way to gather this information? (Williamson, 1994)

4. Why this topic was selected?





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