When a young child goes to school, parents take for granted that they will play, grown and learn just as every other child does. But in reality, children differ in the rate at which they acquire skills across the whole range of human endeavor not just academics. Some will take longer to make friends, share toys, and be able to sit still for long enough to listen to a story. Sometimes, teachers may notice that a particular child is taking much longer than is typical to do taken-for-granted things. They may even call you, the parent, and discuss their concerns with you. The teacher may even suggest that your child might benefit from an assessment.
So, what does the assessment of a young child’s development entail? I’ve made two short videos to help parents learn more about the assessment process. In Part 1, I explain what kind of concerns a teacher might have and why they might think an assessment would be useful.
Watch out for Part 2, in which I talk about the purpose of an assessment and explain how this is different from testing. I also talk about various specialists who perform assessments of young children and why early assessment (instead of waiting until the child is older) can be very important.