I392 – Infant/Toddler Screening and Assessment

3 Credit Hours

Prerequisite: 30 hours of hands-on, direct experiences
with infants and toddlers or consent of Sharon Syc, Clinical
Associate Professor, Co-director Infant Specialist Program.
Note: Students in Erikson’s master’s degree program
must complete CHLD C439 Child Assessment before taking
this course.

This course takes a relationship-based developmental
approach to observation, screening, and assessment of children
from birth through age three. Assessment is viewed as
an integral part of the intervention process and as a collaboration
between parents and providers. Students are trained
to focus on underlying developmental processes as well as
the appearance of individual milestones in cognitive, social/
emotional, communication, and sensory and motor development.
Students are guided in partnering with parents to
assess the child’s strengths and challenges to development,
and to identify the family’s priorities for services. Selected
screening tools, standardized tests, and criterion-referenced
instruments are reviewed. Students receive introductory
training in one screening and one assessment tool, including
administration, interpretation, referral, and recommendations
for developmental intervention. The rationale and
practices for screening, referral, and assessment in various
infant/toddler settings (e.g., child care, Early Head Start,
early intervention) are examined.

Programs that require this course: