PSY640: Psychological Testing and Assessment (PYI1720A)

Your initial thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.

Developing Psychoeducational Materials for Children

 

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In this interactive assignment, you will create a story for children to educate them about psychological assessment. To begin, select a targeted developmental or reading level pre-K through grade 6. Review the elements required for each section of your storybook below. Visit the Storybird website to familiarize yourself with this technology. You may review the Storybird Quick-Start Guide for additional assistance with using this platform.

Your username will become the professional author name for your book. Therefore, when you register for your Storybird account it is recommended that you use the following format for your username: first initial followed by last name (e.g., JSmith). If you receive a message that your username has been taken, it is recommended you include your middle initial (e.g., JASmith). Do not use Internet handles and/or other unprofessional appearing pseudonyms.

Review the information in Chapter 5 of your textbook corresponding to the assessments appropriate for the age group you selected and review the Mental Health Assessment (2013) article for examples of information provided to the public about psychological testing. You may choose any appropriate title for your story. Be sure to address each of the following questions in your storybook in an age-appropriate manner:

  • Why is the character in the story being referred for testing?
  • Who will conduct the assessment?
  • What is being measured?
  • How long will testing take?
  • Who will be present during the assessment process? If not in the room, where will parents and/or guardians be while the character in the story is being tested?
  • How will the results be used? Who will have access to the results (e.g., medical doctor, family, the court, teachers), and why? This will vary depending on the character and plot in your story.
  • How will the tests be taken?
  • What will be the outcome of the assessment? How will the information be used? How might this information impact the life of the character in your story?

Include content to address any developmentally appropriate fears that individuals of the age group you selected may have. For example, young children commonly associate going to the doctor with getting a shot.

Be sure to include all the required material from the instructions above in your online storybook. Once you have created your storybook, include the link in your initial post. In your initial post, note the age or grade level for the target audience of the story. Briefly analyze and comment on the challenges and benefits related to explaining psychological assessment concepts using language that is developmentally appropriate for children. Compare at least two assessment instruments used to assess intelligence or achievement for the age group you selected. Include in-text citations and references for all sources used.

Note: It is highly recommended you complete all written work in a separate document first and then cut and paste the required content into your online storybook. This will allow you to edit and save your work separately from the online storybook, should any technical failures occur. This approach will also allow you to work on your content without having to remain connected to the Internet, which will make it easier to develop and edit your content prior to publishing it to your online storybook.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please visit the Storybird Help Center. The technical support offered through your Student Portal will not be able to assist you with the Storybird website.

Gregory, R. J. (2014). Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications (7th ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education.

Chapter 5

 

 

Healthwise Staff. (2014). Mental health assessment. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-assessment

This online article presents information on the purposes of mental health assessments and what examinees and family members may expect during mental health assessment visits.

 

Websites

  • Storybird(http://storybird.com/)
    • This is a platform that will be used to create a storybook for children to aid them in understanding assessment and the processes involved.

 

  • Storybird Help Center(http://help.storybird.com/)
    • This website provides useful articles, questions, and answers to assist with making effective stories using the Storybird.com tool.

Supplemental Material

  • Herron, T. (2014).Storybird quick-start guide [PDF]. Ashford University: San Diego, CA.
    • This guide will aid you in the use of the Storybird platform

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