Milestones: Observations and Assessments

Milestones: Observations and Assessments

This course introduces three possible tools to use when performing observations and screenings. Ages and Stages, which has screenings done primarily by the parents; Brigance, where the screenings are done primarily by a teacher or other staff member; or designing and creating a custom screening tool that is specific to the children you teach. A detailed description is provided of a child’s typical progression through milestones from birth through age five is then described. Course length  – 3.0 hours.
The course answers the following questions:
  • What are the most common methods for performing screenings?
  • Why is it important that I perform accurate and timely screenings of the children in my care?
  • How are the results of screenings utilized when developing curriculum and lesson plans?
  • How do we follow up with parents with the results of screenings?
  • Is there such a thing as “normal” for reaching milestones?
  • What are the milestones for MY age group?
  • What should I do if a child isn’t reaching milestones?


Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of why observations and assessments are important.
  • Demonstrate an ability to follow up on assessment results.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the progression of milestones from birth to age five.


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