Introduction to IDEA Part C:

Three Interactive Modules

Module 2: Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment

This training module contains an introduction, 5 lessons (topics), and a capstone experience to help you assess your learning. Please proceed through the topics in order at your own pace.

Welcome to the Foundation's training module for the Washington State Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program. The following competencies will be addressed in this module:

Knowledge Objectives

  1. Participants will compare and contrast functional assessment with traditional evaluation techniques. (Topic 1)
  2. Participants will understand the role of initial intake visits to gather information to share with the evaluation team regarding the child’s functioning, abilities, and everyday routines and activities, and in regard to the 3 global outcomes areas in addition to gathering information about family’s concerns, priorities, and resources. (Topic 2)
  3. Participants will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the processes for gathering information necessary to conduct a functional assessment in the context of everyday activities. (Topic 3)
  4. Participants will be able to describe how to explain assessment results with family members. (Topic 4)
  5. Participants will understand the purposes of ongoing assessment (Topic 5).

Performance Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to gather information needed to begin the IFSP process using interview questions and/or available tools. (Topic 2)
  2. Participants will compile a list of natural environments, everyday learning opportunities, and interest-based activities. (Topic 3)
  3. Participants will analyze and document a child’s functioning in the context of everyday activity settings and understand how this relates to what is expected for a child this age. (Topic 3, 5)
  4. Participants will be able to communicate assessment results with families. (Topic 4)
  5. Participants will have an action plan to implement in their work. (Final activity)

Web Presentations

Presentation Duration Handouts
Introduction: Initial and Ongoing Functional Assessment 6:13
Topic 1: Introduction to Functional Assessment 19:50
Topic 2: Gathering Information 27:40
Topic 2: Apply It Now Video 5:25
Topic 3: Functional Assessment 45:10
Topic 4: Communicating Assessment Results with Families 20:38
Topic 4: Apply It Now video 2.4.1: Summarizing the Assessment Findings 8:46
Topic 4: Apply It Now video 2.4.2: Discussing Possible Strategies to Meet Desired Outcomes 4:19
Topic 4: Apply It Now video 2.4.3: Preparing for the IFSP Meeting
Topic 5: Ongoing Assessment 15:59
Module 2 Capstone
Dept. of Early Learning State Office Mail Stop: 40970
P.O. Box 40970 Olympia, WA 98504-0970


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