If you think about it, Dynamic Assessments are very similar to Response to Intervention.
Both are fluid ways to see if a child makes progress on a skill within a determined period of time. Students that make adequate progress are most likely have typical language learning abilities. Students that make very little progress, regardless of their home language, are more likely to have a language disaiblity.
Elizabeth Pena, PhD, describes a Dynamic Assessment as one in which the child is actively engaged, the materials are fluid and adjustable based on the student's needs, and descriptive information can be obtained from the assessment.
Dynamic Assessment and Response to Intervention both involve three parts:
- Teaching or Intervention
- Post-test (comparing to the pre-test and determining transfer of strategies)
For this unit, I used the Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale. I wrote my own version of the fairytale myself. And although I admit that I am a very "creative" writer (see here and here), I did not take a single English class in college for a reason. ;)
I hope that this unit increases your effectiveness as a therapist, both for your English Language Learners, but also for any child you suspect may need a speech intervention!
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