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Evaluation Assessment Course

Written by  Dr. Jan van Dijk
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Book, Child-guided Strategies: The Van Dijk Approach to AssessmentI have conducted over the years many seminars and workshops on the assessment of children with multiple disabilities, including deafblindness. I used as an outline the domains as they are demonstrated on our CD 'Child –guided Strategies for Assessing Children who are Deafblind or have Multiple Disabilties'(Nelson, van Dijk, de Kort). The outcome of our assessment was always very beneficial both for the child and the caregiver. The question I often heard was whether persons with less experience could also carry out 'The Child-Guided Assessment?' My colleague Dr Cathy Nelson has carried out research which showed that professionals (including parents) can be trained to use our assessment techniques and that the outcome of the assessment meet the criteria of reliability and validity. (Nelson, Janssen, Oster & Jayaraman 2010).

The assessment procedure was published in 2010 by the American Printing House for the Blind, in a manual called: Child-Guided Strategies : The Van Dijk Approach to Assessment.

This manual was used for the first time during an assessment course for staff members of 'Kentalis' (formerly 'Instituut voor Doven') and doctoral students of the University of Groningen (Professor Marleen Janssen). One of the requirements of the course was that the students had to tape an assessment on their own of a child according to the protocol of 'the Child-Guided Approach'. This was evaluated by the course supervisors Dr. Cathy Nelson and myself. The results were very satisfying. The students, even with a long career in the field of deafblindness were also very content with the course.

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  • Comment Link Eline van Rooy Monday, 30 August 2010 09:58 posted by Eline van Rooy

    The assessment course conducted by Jan van Dijk and Cathy Nelson was very inspiring. Particularly to see Jan van Dijk working 'life'.The manual both have written is very useful and is a good guide for carrying out an assessment with clients with multiple impairment. It provides the opportunity to take quickly the next steps in the development of the child and offers also the possibilities to formulate practical goals.

    Eline - Kentalis

  • Comment Link Anneke Antonissen Monday, 30 August 2010 09:39 posted by Anneke Antonissen

    People with deafblindness deserve an assessment-method with which their oppurtunities can be assessed. The child-guided strategies for people with deafblindness are a client-friendly method to assess different parts of the developmental profile, like interaction and communication. The assessmentcourse was an interesting way to learn more about it. Within the Diagnostic Centre we use these strategies a lot and it's always inspiring to see how these persons with deafblindness can show their best, using this assessment procedure.

    Anneke - Kentalis, St. Michielsgestel, Netherlands

  • Comment Link Dr. Jan van Dijk Monday, 30 August 2010 08:10 posted by Dr. Jan van Dijk


    Thanks for your compliments. Concerning your question whether a person with less experience in deafblindness can learn how to assess a child with multiple impairment in a rather short period of time, the anwer is that the research of Dr. Nelson et al (2010) has proven that this is quite possible when the Assessment manual and the CD 'Child Guided Strategies' are studied before.

    Dr Jan van Dijk

  • Comment Link Marella Hoevenaars Thursday, 24 June 2010 12:49 posted by Marella Hoevenaars

    Personal experience with the Hands-on assessment Course.

    ‘Hands-on assessment', a strategy we use at the Diagnostic Centre of Deafblind people since Jan van Dijk developed these strategy. Hands-on interaction and following the deafblind child are the important techniques to provoke the childs’ abilities. It’s still surprising how this works. Even the most passive and difficult children show that they really have opportunities for interaction with their environment. Parents and other people involved are surprised what the deafblind person shows and try to use the techniques at home.

    In the assessment course we followed, Jan and Cathy trie to teach the ‘Hands-on assessment’ to professionals who work with persons with deafblindness.

    I was wondering how also professionals with less experience in assessment of persons with deafblindness, succeeded in attempts of aspects of the ‘Hands-on assessment’

    Marella Hoevenaars, Kentalis, Netherlands

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