At QPC our in-house Clinical Psychologist and dedicated teaching team have been trained in DA by an Educational Psychologist of international acclaim.
One of the DA tools that we use at QPC is the CAP (Deutsch and Mohammed, 2010) (hyperlink the light blue font below)., which is an innovative tool for the use of psychologists for consultation and observation of children. It is especially helpful when trying to obtain information regarding a ‘hard to reach’ child who will not actively engage in the cognitive assessment process. Through creating a shared language for the use of all those involved with a child, it aims to fill a gap between psychologists’ specialist knowledge of child development and cognitive processes, and the experience of classroom teachers (Deutsch & Reynolds, 2000).
The CAP identifies the interaction between cognition, learning behaviours and emotions and along with the cognitive assessment is used to design and review the young people’s bespoke learning plan. The CAP provides psychologists with a structured framework using rating scales for identifying cognitive (thinking skills) needs within a solution focused approach, these include:
- Perception and attention
- Logical reasoning and metacognition
- Memory (processing information)
- Language and communication
- Learning habits and behaviors
Obtaining information regarding the child’s abilities within these domains leads to setting joint targets for intervention with teachers and others, both in and outside the classroom.
The CAP is based on principles derived from dynamic assessment and is extremely useful in supporting the development and review of the young people’s care plans. The CAP identifies the interaction between cognition, learning behaviours and emotions and along with the cognitive assessment is used to design and review the young people’s bespoke learning plan.