Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children (AEPS) Test: Birth to Three Years and Three to Six Years

Authors: Diane Bricker Ph.D., Betty Capt Ph.D., OTR, Kristie Pretti-Frontczak Ph.D.; With Authors: JoAnn (JJ) Johnson Ph.D., Kristine Slentz Ph.D., Elizabeth Straka Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Misti Waddell M.S.

Format: Spiral-bound, 304 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557665638
Price: $75.00

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Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children, Second Edition

The AEPS Test allows professionals to gather assessment data for one child or a group of children in home- or center-based settings. This volume includes the tests for both age levels, which are divided into six developmental areas—fine motor, gross motor, cognitive, adaptive, social-communication, and social. Each area is subdivided into a progression of skills:

  • strands of general skill areas
  • goals made up of skills in those areas
  • objectives made up of smaller skills that build up to the goals

View the recorded webinar: Reliable Assessment and Effective Programming with AEPS presented by Kevin Warg.

While children and their caregivers engage in everyday activities, professionals assess each developmental area using the AEPS data recording forms. Each item is scored with a 0 (does not pass), 1 (inconsistent performance), or 2 (passes consistently). To supplement and clarify these scores, professionals choose from 5 qualifying notes and use the blank space provided for more specific comments. With this multipart scoring process—and the input caregivers add with the revised Family Report—the AEPS Test lets professionals pinpoint what children can do, identify areas that need attention, and use that information as a starting point to develop individualized IFSP/IEP goals and objectives.

This volume is part of the bestselling AEPS system for children from birth to six years who have disabilities or are at risk for developmental delays. Thousands of programs across the country rely on AEPS for comprehensive, seamlessly linked assessment, evaluation, intervention, and programming. AEPS is criterion-referenced and curriculum-based, and with web-based data management through AEPSi, it's easier than ever to assess young children and ensure that they make real progress.

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Review by: James Van Haneghan, The 18th Mental Measurement Yearbook
"AEPS is an ambitious project based on 30 years of research and development. Perhaps its greatest strength is that it is a complete system that closes the circle between assessment and intervention processes."
Review by: Bonnie McCouch, Preschool Special Education Coordinator, Mascoma Valley Regional School District, New Hampshire
"AEPS is in a league all of its own. No other assessment tool with which I am familiar begins to compete with AEPS. The developers of this tool . . . are knowledgeable, as well as realistic about what a teacher can do, and as a result they have developed a tool that supports individualization of programming while freeing us up to spend more time with children and less on the paperwork. What a win-win situation!"
Review: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
Although it clearly is a necessity for anyone implementing the AEPS assessment component, this volume cannot stand on its own. Users need to purchase the administration manual in order to understand the conceptual frame, procedures, and processes for implementation. For my course, Volume 2 is an optional purchase, and students share copies at the time they are completing their child assessment assignment.
Review by: Nicole Maag, Portage County Educational Service Center
"The descriptive critieria for each developmental step provides a consistent base for each observation from various team members. It allows different team members to look at a strand and know exactly what skills are to be observed."
Review by: Judi Zala, Preschool Special Education Teacher, Cleveland Municipal School District
"AEPS is very comprehensiveit made me more cognizant of the kinds of skills that are appropriate to be looking for at various developmental levels. And the parent component is so helpful for working cooperatively!"

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Introduction to the AEPS and Volume 2

I. Using Volume 2

  1. The AEPS: An Overview
  2. The Purpose and Value of Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Using the AEPS Test
  4. Data Collection Strategies

II. AEPS Test: Birth to Three Years

  • Fine Motor Area
  • Gross Motor Area
  • Adaptive Area
  • Cognitive Area
  • Social-Communication Area
  • Social Area

III. AEPS Test: Three to Six Years

  • Fine Motor Area
  • Gross Motor Area
  • Adaptive Area
  • Cognitive Area
  • Social-Communication Area
  • Social Area

Appendix A: AEPS Assessment Activities

  • Birth to Three Years
  • Three to Six Years


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