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Written to help frontline practitioners assess and manage cases with children aged 18 months to six years who present allegations of child abuse, this book provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Extensive experience is integrated with the research literature to provide: an overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children a protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research a format for assessment of children aged three to five a review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats a technique for structured interviewing

Assessing Young Children (3–5 Years Old): Prescreening Children with Transitioning Skills
Assessing young children (3–5 years old): Prescreening children with transitioning skills

Children ages 3 to 5 are in transition. These young children are Stage 2 children; they are more competent than Stage 1, or very young, children who can participate only minimally in an interview, but they are not as competent as the older, Stage 3, preschool children. Three- to five-year-old children are in the process of acquiring interview skills.

It is important to understand what is typical at this age. These children usually have a good working vocabulary to describe basic elements and acts in their environment (although they cannot abstract well and do not articulate the relationships between various elements), their articulation is understandable, ...

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