Resources on Assessment

This publication from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness provides key points in best practice assessment of children who are deaf-blind.  Authentic Assessment


Click on the link to watch a video of Jan van Dijk talking about Child-Guided Assessment

 Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children Who are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities –  This report of a 5-year grant on assessment for students who are deaf-blind describes best practices for assessing students and reviews 12 instruments commonly used in assessment for these students.

Psychological Evaluation of Children who are Deaf-Blind: An Overview with Recommendations for Practice–  Harvey Mar’s brilliant description of quality indicators for assessing students with deaf-blindness.

Webinars on the Callier Azusa and Communication Matrix, available on the NCDB website.

Psychologists Helping to Assess Students Educational Strength  A great article by Harvey Mar about a training project to increase capacity of school psychologists to assess children who are deaf-blind.


Callier Azusa Scale – An assessment developed for students who are deaf-blind. Scale G looks at overall development and Scale H looks at communication.  Available for purchase.

Inventory of Problem Solving – Tools for home and school to assess object interaction skills which reflect concept development.  Available for purchase from Design to Learn.

 The Communication Matrix – A link to the on-line version of the Communication Matrix which lets you conduct the assessment and develops a report which can be stored on the site and updated to evaluate progress. The Matrix assesses expressive communication skills that typically develop in the first 3 years of life.

Home Talk – A family-based assessment that provides a good picture of the child at home and the goals and objectives the family consider important.

The Basic Skills Infused Skills Assessment- A tool to investigate strengths and weaknesses of students with visual impairment and intellectual or behavioral disabilities. It includes sections on Social Communicative Interactions, Emotional Development, Senses/Motor Skills, Basic Concepts, and Representation and Cognition.  Directions for scoring the assessment are available in this document.

Dimensions of Communication – an assessment instrument designed to help teachers, educational specialists, speech-language therapists,psychologists, and other service providers evaluate the communication skills of children, adolescents, and young adults who have multiple disabilities, including severe or profound mental retardation and deafblindness.