Respond by further enhancing their discussion regarding fami

Respond by further enhancing their discussion regarding family involvement. Explain why family involvement in early intervention is important. In addition, visit the website Parent Participation in Early Intervention, and recommend at least one of the resources from the Resources for Parents section of the site. Explain the benefits of the resource and how it supports families being included in the assessment and early intervention processes.Explain why it is necessary to approach assessment in early childhood differently than assessment with older children. In what ways are assessments similar, regardless of the age of the children? In what ways are assessments in early childhood different?According to Howard & Aiken (2015), “Very young children and the services they are provided are different from older children and the services they receive; assessment must therefore be different as well” (p. 2.1). The approach of the assessment needs to fit the child’s age accordingly because young children a different than older children in many ways. They are different developmentally, neurologically, and demographically (Howard & Aiken, 2015). Assessment in early childhood education is very complex because it is impacted by so many elements that are unique to young children, such as: philosophy, pedagogy, service model, and children’s age are just a few examples (Howard & Aiken, 2015). Assessments are similar regardless of the age of the child because all assessments measure a child’s academic progress and/or development. The ultimate goal of an assessment, regardless of the age is to provide the proper services to children that is in their best interest so that they can learn and do well, because all children learn differently. Assessments for early childhood are different because these assessments are what measures a child’s academic progress and ultimate readiness for kindergarten as well as their social and emotional growth and development (Howard & Aiken, 2015).Identify how play-based, project-based, and child-directed learning support the implementation of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood.Children learn a lot through play and through hands on activities. Children are very creative and have huge imaginations and this combination creates so many opportunities for children to learn! Play-based programs give children a variety of activities to choose from in which they engage in self-directed discovery (Howard & Aiken, 2015). Observing and documenting children in play-based learning allows the evaluation of many skills that cannot be easily assessed through conventional means, such as communication skills and cultural understandings (Howard & Aiken, 2015). Project-based learning is similar to play-based learning but with a bit more direction and instruction. Project-based learning allows children to learn through play and interaction but like stated, with instruction; the children know the purpose of what they are doing and that there is something to learn from it. Child-directed learning is driven by children’s individual needs and interests and is central to play-based, project-based, and language-based philosophies (Howard & Aiken, 2015).Compare and contrast your personal stance on assessment with that of either NAEYCor the Division for Early Childhood (DEC). In what ways do they align? In what ways do they differ? (Chapter 2)I chose to compare and contrast my personal stance on assessment with the Division for Early Childhood (DEC). From my personal stance, everything aligns. This program provides children with disabilities and their families with early intervention and preschool education. The 11 major assessment recommendations were what I personally believe they should be, and this is what assessments are all about. I did not find any ways that the DEC did not align with my personal stance on assessment.Determine what, in your opinion, the role of families is in the assessment-learning process. Thinking about the age of children you desire to work with and the unique needs of that age group, how do you envision working with families during the assessment process?I am not working with children right now, but I do have an eight-year-old daughter. The one thing I do know is that a lot can be assessed by a child’s home, family, upbringing, etc. I have always thought it would be neat to go and do home visits to assess the way a child is being raised, how they are developing, etc. When my daughter was born, my grandma recommended a man working through the county to me. I thought it seemed like a stupid idea, to be honest, as I was only 20 years old and still had a lot to learn- not only about being a parent but a lot to learn about myself. Having him come over to do assessments and to teach me about my daughter’s development was incredible and to be honest is what opened my eyes to what I would love to do with my life. He encouraged me to be the best parent I could be, and although it took a few years, I finally enrolled in college and here I am today almost finished! I can honestly say that having him in our lives for the first year of her life is a big part of what made me the mother I am today. He kept me positive when I felt like I did not know what I was doing, he kept me motivated when I felt like I needed to give my daughter more and better, and he taught me so much about how she develops in many aspects. I envision this when working with families during the assessment process. I envision making a positive impact and first doing what’s in the best interest of the child, but also would hope to influence the parents to do the same if they are not already.ReferencesHoward, V. F., & Aiken, E. (2015). Assessing learning and development in young children. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education

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