Early Childhood Assessment: Collaborative Approach to Inclusive Practices
1 hour running time
This mini-skills will focus on early childhood assessments and highlight a collaborative approach with inclusive practices. Specifically, we will cover how to approach these types of assessments with cultural sensitivity, an understanding of language development, and knowledge of how behaviors of preschool-aged children can have a resemblance to different disorders.
Jeannine Topaline has been serving as a school psychologist for Los Angeles Unified School District for nearly 20 years. She is currently an administrator in Psychological Services in LAUSD and CASP President. Dr. Topalian has extensive knowledge of and experience in working with culturally diverse youth for over 20 years. Dr. Topalian works with the principal, school and support staff, parents, students, and community agencies to implement school-wide instructional, mental health services, and crisis and behavioral prevention and intervention programs. She also works specifically with students with special needs and is certified/licensed to assess, evaluate, and service students with behavior challenges, neurological disorders, intellectual delays, autism, emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, and other health impairments.
Melissa Wood Currently, I am a SELPA Coordinator for the Kern County Consortium SELPA. I was previously a school psychologist and Director of special education for the Taft City School District. I am honored to be the CASP President-Elect and to support the vision and mission of this state association!