Sep 24, 2023
ECED 420 - Assessment Tools and Documentation Credits: 3
Through examination of case studies in infant mental health, students will apply research, assessment tools and previous coursework to evaluate and assess the work of an infant mental health specialist. Students will be introduced to a developmentally based system for identifying mental health and developmental disorders of infants, toddlers, and young children.
Enrollment Requirement: Admission into BAS in Early Childhood Education or instructor consent.
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:
- Apply developmental and relational theories and principles of infant child mental health to case studies.
- Evaluate infant child mental health principles, skills, and strategies used in infant mental health consultation and assessment.
- Compare and contrast specific types and purposes of assessment in early care and education settings and associated best practices.
- Recommend activities and interventions that relate to the social and emotional needs of vulnerable families and young children.
- Connect infant/child mental health practices to current position/workplace.
- Identify a framework for developing an assessment system that is grounded in standards, responsive to diversity among children, and connected directly to a child’s social and emotional learning (SEL).
- Apply relationship-based principles and strategies that support young children and families.
- Assess and analyze children’s development, skills, and behavior based on culturally and developmentally appropriate practices.
- Design and create inclusive environments that promote social/emotional learning and are responsive to the needs of all children and families including those considered vulnerable.
- Select and apply appropriate intervention strategies for classroom management while promoting a positive emotional climate that is reflective of and responsive to the culture being served.
- Screen, assess, and identify children with mental health challenges.
- Demonstrate leadership abilities and collaborative skills necessary to resolve interpersonal and organizational challenges that may occur in an early childhood setting.
- Establish and maintain connections with appropriate support services and community resources.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in reflective observation, consultation, and practice, and possess the ability to integrate it into the early learning setting.
- Advocate for families and young children through service, education, and leadership.
- Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
- Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
- Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.
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