Psychological Assessment

5469 words 22 pages
PYC4807
Assignment 03 Unique Assignment number: 739624

Name: Tanja Bohler Student Number: 30440351 Address: PO Box 17139 Dubai United Arab Emirates

A Discussion on Psychological Assessment in Early Childhood.

ASSIGNMENT 03 – PYC4807 – STUDENT NUMBER 30440351

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 2. Reasons for Assessing Young Children……………………………………………………….. 3. Tests for Infants and Preschoolers………………………………………………………………

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4. Factors of Childhood Assessment……………………………………………………………….. 6 4.1 Characteristics of the Child……………………………………………………….. 4.2 Social Context of Assessment……………………………………………………. 6 8

4.3 The Examination Context of Assessment…………..………………………. 12 4.4 The Test as a Method of
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According to Foxcroft and Roodt (2009), two main types of developmental measures are used when assessing young children. These are screening measures and diagnostic measures. Screening measures are short evaluations of the child’s developmental skills and abilities to attempt to identify if any child is at risk of any developmental difficulties. These can be administered by any trained non-specialist, like a teacher, nurse, or even a parent. Examples of such screening measures are the Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST), and the Vineland Adaptive Behavioural Scales. Diagnostic measures on the other hand are more in depth comprehensive measures which are administered by trained health professionals and can be used for

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ASSIGNMENT 03 – PYC4807 – STUDENT NUMBER 30440351

diagnostic purposes. Examples of such diagnostic tests are the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, and the Junior South African Individual Scales. Maya is from a multicultural family (European and Middle Eastern), where there may be conflicting ideals between her parents regarding certain aspects of her needs and development. She is also attempting to master three different languages. While Maya’s teachers have not pointed out any reason for any concern in Maya’s development, it may be necessary for her to be monitored closely and possibly undergo a screening to ensure that she is not delayed in any

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