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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 3, Lesson 2

Activity #1

Read the article Informed Clinical Opinion by Jo Shackelford in the Resource Bank. This article has important information in respect to the decision-making of the team of professionals and family members making decisions about the eligibility and intervention recommendations for the child during evaluation and assessment.

Note the following as you are reading:

  1. What does informed clinical opinion mean in the context of Part C?
  2. How does informed clinical opinion effect the determination of eligibility?
  3. Why is it necessary to document informed clinical opinion?


Activity #2

Consider the following examples below and determine if they are good observations or inferences:

  1. Johnny likes to read.
  2. Sammy is a mean boy.
  3. Katie has a smile on her face.
  4. Mark looks unhappy.
  5. George hit Steve on the playground
  6. Betty has emotional problems.


Activity #3

Review Figure 3: Running Record Observation in the Resource Bank. This data is for an 18 month old child. The purpose of the observation was to observe the child's behavior and his fine motor skills. Consider what this observation tells you about the child and his fine motor skills. Consider whether the child shows a hand preference? Can the child reach and grasp? Can he let go of an object?


Activity #4

Consider Figure 4: Event Sampling in the Resource Bank.

Sammy wears hearing aids.

  • On Day 1, Sammy had his hearing aids in.
  • On Days 2-5, Sammy should have on his hearing aids. The child care workers were to put them in on his arrival. The person who was trained to put them in was absent on Days 2-5.
  • The ITDS wanted to impress on the child care providers how important it was for Sammy to have his hearing aids in. Data was taken to determine how many times Sammy turned toward sounds with his hearing aids in and when he was left without his aids.
  • What conclusions do you think the child care staff made regarding Sammy's ability to hear without his hearing aids? One of the things that the ITDS noticed on Day 2 was that Sammy was placed by a mirror. He watched in the mirror to see if the staff was trying to get his attention. He turned toward the sounds when he saw the staff talking to him.
  • Is this type of observation helpful in terms of identifying outcomes for the child and family?


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