Authentic Assessment Enhancement

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Course #: W773

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $150

Credit Available: 0.5 CEUs; 5 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 5.0 - Assessment


Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Authentic Assessment is the process of ongoing observation in the context of everyday routines in the collection of relevant information that informs a more comprehensive understanding of a child’s developmental behavior and performance.

Learning how to enhance observations and interpretations from a neuroscience-perspective is the primary focus of this workshop. Participants will learn about the stress response system, including the ways in which indicators of stress may be presented for observation. In this manner, child development professionals will be able to more fully understand a child’s unique developmental profile and in turn be able to individualize subsequent intervention.


Participants will…

  • define authentic enhancement in the specific context of early intervention
  • discover the most recent research on stress and its influence on early development
  • understand the ways in which neruobehavioral observation can be used to enhance the assessment process
  • learn about three neurobehavioral systems: autonomic, motor, and state


Jennifer Rosinia, Ph.D.

Rosinia has more than 25 years of experience in pediatric occupational therapy. A specialist in serving the needs of children birth to age three and their families, she also has extensive experience working with school-aged children and young adults. An Erikson alumna, she holds a master's degree in early childhood education and a doctorate in child development. Her expertise is in neuroscience with a particular interest in sensory processing, the role of emotions, and the impact of relationships on the developing child. She enjoys a national reputation as a speaker and consultant. She is president of Kid Links Unlimited, Inc., a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals, and kids with their optimal potential.

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