Developmental Assessment In Small Children

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Name: Cheryl Arendse Student Number: 3498-377-5 Assignment 04: Development assessment of young children 1. Table of Contents page 1 2. The consent form (Form A), signed by the parent page 2 3. The completed protocol (Form B) page 3 4. The child’s responses (Form C) page 4 5. The paper on which the child has drawn page 6 The essay in Section A: 1. Introduction page 7 2. Importance of psychological assessment in early childhood page 8 3. Factors to consider when assessing children page 9 3.1. Principles of assessment page 9 3.2. Characteristics of young children page 12 4. Factors to consider when interpreting test performance page 13 5. Predictive Validity page 14 6. The ethics of development assessment page 14 7. Identifying a suitable test page 15 8. Conclusion page 16 9. References Lists page 17 Introduction Child development refers to the process in which children go through changes in skill development during predictable time periods ( This is referred to as developmental milestones. Chronological age is thus the predictor for these milestones. Developmental delays occur when children have not reached these milestones by the expected age. E g. a child is expected to walk between the ages of 9 and 15 months, and if a 20 month old child has not begun walking this would be seen as a developmental delay. Developmental assessment was initiated to investigate the areas of development and the deviation thereof in childhood. This assignment explains the importance of psychological assessment in early child hood. Each child is unique as they are an outcome of their culture, socio-economic status and nurturing environment. The assessor should consider all these aspects as it influences the
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