Assessing School Age Children with Special Needs

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Assessing School Age Children with Special Needs 

3 hours / .3 CEU

Tuition: $31.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0513

CDA Competency: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children  [3 hours / .3 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Observation and Assessment [3 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 3 Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress  [3 hours]

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [3 hours]

> School-Age Professionals  [3 hours]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Special Needs [3 hours]

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 3 Hours

Amount: $31.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Family, Friend & Neighbor
  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • Parents/Relatives

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • School Age Children
  • Special Needs

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

All children are special, but some may have different or greater needs than others. Exceptional children may need professional assessment to determine if they would benefit from programs designed to aid development. Children who have abilities or disabilities that fall outside the usual parameters of child development are referred to as having special needs.

Children with special needs vary in ethnicity, cultural background and intelligence. They may also be physically, mentally or emotionally handicapped.

This lesson describes the assessment process for identifying children with special needs and how to recognize the need for assessment. The need for family involvement and support and legislations that provide rights and services to children with special needs are also discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  • RECALL what is involved in the identification process for children with special needs
  • RECALL behaviors or actions that may indicate that a child should be assessed for special needs
  • RECALL the steps involved in assessing a child with special needs
  • RECALL characteristics of children with special needs
  • DISTINGUISH between types of learning disabilities
  • RECALL ways to involve parents in assessment and the benefits of family involvement
  • RECALL reasons why parents may try to avoid having their children with special needs identified
  • RECALL different types of assessments and assessment tools
  • RECALL techniques used to assess children with special needs
  • RECALL who can diagnose and what is required for diagnosis of children with special needs
  • RECALL legislation that impacts special needs assessment


  • Introduction
  • Beginning the Assessment Process
  • Characteristics of Children with Special Needs
  • Involving the Family in Assessment
  • Special Needs Assessment, Tools and Techniques
  • Diagnosing Children with Special Needs
  • Laws Affecting Children with Special Needs
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test


This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 


 All courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped. 



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10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

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12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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    Posted by Darcy on 17th Jan 2014

    You are always very very helpful!