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Bayleys assessment for toddler anyone?

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Chundle Thu 23-Jun-11 17:13:38

Hi all dd is due to have a baileys assessment next month. She will be 23 months. What do they do at them? The pyschologist is doing most of it with the physio doing gross motor part and salt doing speech bit.
Can anyone give me a clue as to what the main part will entail? I know it's mostly play based but just wondered what things they do with them
Thanks

Galena Thu 23-Jun-11 20:46:27

I think DD had a Bayley assessment when she was about 16 months actual (13 months corrected). We were involved in a research project where we did some activities at home with DD and recorded what she could/couldn't do, then we went to the Uni and they did the Bayley assessment with her. The idea was that, if the two are shown through the research project to tally, then rather than having to use a Bayley assessment, the parents could complete the home assessment and send it away to be looked at and developmental delays due to prematurity could be picked up without formal assessments (IYSWIM?!).

Anyway, the Bayley assessment was fine - just lots of little tasks to see if DD could complete them - putting objects in a bowl, sorting objects, building a tower of blocks, getting an object out of a closed container, copying actions, following simple instructions (Can you brush teddy's hair?), putting pegs in a hole, pointing to body parts, identifying pictures in a book (Can you point to the ball?), putting simple pieces in a puzzle (square, circle, triangle), making marks with a pencil, erm... Can't remember what else, but lots of little things like that - lots of praise, and no feeling of failure if they couldn't do something...

I don't remember any gross motor bits, but then DD was younger, and only just crawling, so maybe they missed those (or maybe I've forgotten them!)

Hope this reassures you!

Chundle Thu 23-Jun-11 20:54:43

Fab thanks mate I've been told I can't talk to dd during assessment which I think may raise her anxiety levels a tad but hoping she does well.

Galena Thu 23-Jun-11 21:28:08

It probably isn't as bad as you think it'll be. I was told not to talk to her as they have to use particular vocabulary for some bits, but I was told I could praise her when she'd completed a task and they were moving onto another. Might be different with you though.

Let me know how she gets on!

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