KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Introducing Assessments to Parents Calls for Building Trust

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

I’ve often noted that when a family service provider sees items on the ASQ child development assessment marked “Yes”, she will celebrate the child’s skills with the parents and often discuss next developmental steps.  And when she sees items marked “Not Yet”, she will structure her services with the family to promote the child’s development of those skills.  For example, if a child is delayed in fine motor skills, she introduces activities to stimulate development of those pathways, like picking up Cheerios or filling a jar with buttons.  However, when an assessment reveals strengths and gaps in a parent’s skills, I am commonly asked, “What do I do next?”  I wonder why the responses to child development and parenting assessment results are so different.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting services, building trust