Path #5: Analyzing Multiple Sources of Information
This learning path focuses on analyzing the information from all sources (parent report, observation, age-anchored assessment tool, clinical opinion, etc.) in order to understand the child’s functioning compared to same age peers. To get credit for this learning path, you must complete the six activities below, then take a quiz to test your knowledge. Once you have completed the learning path and scored at least 80% on the quiz, you will have access to a certificate of completion.
Total time to complete the learning path: 3.5 hours
Watch the video, Functional Assessment: Analyzing Information. (VEIPD, run time 4:33)
This video demonstrates the importance of analyzing multiple sources of information during functional assessment.
Instructions: Click the link to access the video (Runtime: 4:33).
Read both blog posts
Read the blog post, How Do You Share Assessment Results with Families
This blog post helps you reflect on how you share information with families.
Instructions: Click the link above. It will directly open the blog post. Read the two questions at the bottom of the article and feel free to comment below.
Read the blog post, Assessing Children with Multiple Disabilities - Tips and a Great Resource
This blog helps you think beyond the test scores when we observe, listen, and ask meaningful questions, especially with children with multiple disabilities.
Instructions: Click the link above to access the blog post. Think about the tips and how you can add them into your practices. Read the two questions at the bottom of the article and feel free to comment below.
Listen to the podcast episode, Functional Assessment and the Initial IFSP. (EI on the Fly, run time 39:48)
In this episode, the hosts discuss how functional assessment contributes to the development of the initial Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Different scenarios illustrate (or do not illustrate) functional assessment practices during this important part of the early intervention process.
Instructions: Click the link directly above to access the podcast. Click the green play button.
Watch the archived Talks on Tuesday webinars, The Decision Tree: A Tool for Teaming and Family Engagement (Part I and Part II). (VEIPD, run time 1:00:29)
This two-part webinar series encourages participants to consider how the Decision Tree can support a consistent thinking, discussion and decision-making process when analyzing the functional assessment information to compare a child’s functioning in the three outcome areas to that of same age peers.
Instructions: Click the link above. Scroll until you see "The Decision Tree: A Tool for Teaming and Family Engagement – Part I." Click play to launch the webinar recording. After watching Part I, return to the original page and click play on Part II. There is a presentation file and handouts that may be downloaded if desired .
Read the article, Family-Friendly Communication via Authentic Assessment for Early Childhood Intervention Programs. (Macy, Bagnato, & Weiszhaupt, 2020)
This article highlights the parent’s role during functional assessment and the importance of linking and analyzing assessment information throughout the early intervention process.
Instructions: Click the link above to access the article and read it.
Complete the Quiz
You must achieve a score of at least 80% on the quiz to receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will document 3.5 professional development (PD) hours.