George and Family

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Case Study: George and Family Neukrug and Fawcett (2010; p. 218) define informal assessments as “homegrown methods developed to meet specific needs.” Although informal assessments, when compared to formal assessments, lack test worthiness; informal assessments have their advantages (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2010). They can be developed in a short period of time, they are nonintrusive, easy to give and interpret, cost efficient, and help in better understanding the whole person (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2010). Informal assessments include, but are not limited to, observation, rating scales, classification methods, environmental and performance-based assessments and records and personal documents (Neukrug & Fawcett, 2010). George presents seeking homeostasis for his family. George states that JJ (3 year old daughter) has been diagnosed as autistic; and his wife is crazy. George tells the caseworker that he takes his 7 year old son, LB, to school each day, picks LB up after school, and takes him to his mother who watches him until George picks him up at night. George states, “she (Teresa) is nuts. She cries a lot, the house is a mess and she is a mess. George says he works hard 40-50 hours a week and brings his entire check home. He describes himself as a good man, older than Teresa who works, comes home, and doesn’t run around – “I know how to be a good man” (Case study). George states, “I take care of my boy and my mom … I thought Teresa would be working again and the baby more grown” (Case study). George tells the counselor that Teresa wanted a daughter and was so happy; however, now nothing seems good. George has described his mother as being real good with children; he describes Teresa’s sister (who babysits JJ) as kind of dumb. “The sister just allows the kids to play, sit or whatever” George wants help to “get the family normal again” (Case study). George and Teresa
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