7. Assessment of Infants and Toddlers

  1. William M. Klykylo2 and
  2. Jerald Kay3
  1. Martin J. Drell

Published Online: 30 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119962229.ch7

Clinical Child Psychiatry, Third Edition

Clinical Child Psychiatry, Third Edition

How to Cite

Drell, M. J. (2012) Assessment of Infants and Toddlers, in Clinical Child Psychiatry, Third Edition (eds W. M. Klykylo and J. Kay), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119962229.ch7

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, 627 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd, P.O. Box 927, Dayton, OH 45401-0927, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 927, Dayton, OH 45401-0927, USA

Author Information

  1. LSUHSC, Department of Psychiatry, Room A 236, 1542 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119993346

Online ISBN: 9781119962229

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Keywords:

  • assessment;
  • infant;
  • perceptions;
  • evaluation;
  • interaction;
  • behavior;
  • biopsychosocial model;
  • Stern-Bruschweiler and Stern model

Summary

The basics of conducting a clinically based infant assessment are explained by examining the fundamental aspects of assessment; the models that can be used to conceptualize infant assessments; and the process of conducting an infant assessment. Overall, the goal of an infant assessment is to collaborate with the caregivers to identify and clarify the problem, mutually agree on the factors that contribute to the problem, and design an appropriate treatment strategy. A systemically oriented, developmental, biopsychosocial model is described. This focuses on four areas of skills: personal/socio-emotional; fine motor-adaptive; language/communication; and gross motor. For conducting an assessment, information must be obtained in three key categories: perceptions of the mother and other caretakers; the interaction of the infant; and the perceptions of the infant. Case studies are given to illustrate various aspects of the assessment.