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Navigating the Educational and Psychological Assessment of the Special Need Preschooler

by Kathleen Holland, PsyD 4 CE Credits

Early detection of difficulties and special challenges can guide children and families toward appropriate interventions and ultimately, toward better adjustment for both the child and the system. This online CE course will focus on the range of disabling conditions identified in 2 to 3 year olds, through the outreach programs offered in the schools including information on referral sources, such as regional centers, pediatricians, parents and specialized medical centers. A wide range of disabling conditions, assessment criteria, evaluation tools administered, diagnostic findings, eligibility criteria for services, individualized interventions and the reevaluation process will be discussed. A multi-agency approach to services will be reviewed including medical response, mental health services, and auxiliary services (e.g., language or occupational therapy, private providers, educational programs). In addition, attention will be paid to the parent’s reaction and coping style from the initial diagnosis to placement.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours and ASWB Clinical CE clock hours.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss a range of developmental disabilities identified in preschool-aged children, including prevalence and school-based eligibility as per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Describe the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) process and identify basic IEP services available to this age group, including the role of the psychological assessment within this interdisciplinary team.
  • Identify the assessment process and the assessment tools commonly used in the identification of special needs in this pediatric group.
  • Recognize the impact of parental stress and coping styles on care.
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