Observation, Screening, Assessment, and Documentation:
Turn Questions Into Action
Improve your daily practice and enrich your experiences.
Action is the test of what you know and can do. It is where you see the results of reflection and self-assessment. The CompSAT protocol, Keys to Reflection and Inquiry, is designed to help you formulate good questions, pursue inquiry, and take action to improve your daily practice. The results of your actions provide evidence of your professional growth, and hopefully, spur you on to generate more questions and take further action. Action and reflection are essential to the processes of growth and change.
Early childhood educators are often the first to notice a child who is developing differently from other children in their care. Likewise, a child care provider may be the first person family members approach with their concerns. When you have carefully observed and not found effective interventions, the next step involves finding a screening specialist, along with ways to foster the child's ongoing sense of belonging. Beyond the family's expertise, advice from the child's pediatrician, a therapist, or other specialist may prove useful.