Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment

By Rebecca DelCarmen-Wiggins; Alice Carter | Go to book overview

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Integrating Clinical and
Psychometric Approaches:
Developmental Assessment and
the Infant Mental Health Evaluation
Walter S. Gilliam
Linda C. Mayes

Developmental assessment with infants and toddlers can provide a wealth of information useful to mental health clinicians. Beyond simple information about the level of developmental skills acquisition, developmental assessment can provide a vantage point for considering the infant's approach to dealing with novel objects and people, level of motivation and curiosity, methods of coping with frustration, and adeptness at navigating social challenges. Conducting a developmental evaluation can provide an opportunity for parents to observe and reflect on what the infant is doing. It also offers clinicians glimpses into the expectations and abilities of parents or other caregivers with respect to how they are able to offer structure, reassurance, and acceptance to the infant. Essentially, developmental assessments can provide the astute clinician a lens through which the world may be viewed from the perspective of the infant and caregivers. Indeed, the word assidere, (the Greek origin of assessment) literally means “to sit beside, ” and hence to get to know someone (Bagnato & Neisworth, 1999). Although too often the focus is on quantitative scores in isolation, the goal of developmental assessment is to achieve a better understanding of the development of the infant within the context of how the infant and caregivers interact with each other and with the clinician.

Although the utility of developmental assessment is the focus of this chapter, it is perhaps easier to state definitively what infant assessments cannot provide. Developmental assessments do not provide a measure of fixed or immutable intelligence. Similar to other aspects of mental assessment, developmental results are descriptive, with only limited application for etiological understanding or detailed prognosticating. Developmental assessments, however complete and skillfully done, cannot provide sure predictions of long-term outcome or parcel out the complex contributions of endowment, experience, and maturational forces. Despite these caveats, assessment of infant development can be highly useful, and in many cases is essential to proper clinical treatment. Skillfully done, developmental assessments can help create a more complete picture of the child's current developmental level and environmental context that can be invaluable to sound clinical decision making and treatment planning.

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