Personal profile assessment summary: Creating windows into the worlds of children with special needs

Karen M. Kelly, Ellin B. Siegel, Rose M. Allinder

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Multiple variables have combined to create a need for alternative assessment procedures for students with moderate and severe disabilities. These forces include the highly specialized needs of these students; the move toward inclusion, which necessitates changes in the composition and interaction of teams; and advances in assessment practices in this and related areas. In this article, we present a rationale and explanation of a particular type of alternative assessment, that of a personal profile assessment summary, which is a means of gathering, synthesizing, and conveying critical information about students with moderate and severe disabilities. This personal profile summary provides a brief but in-depth view of a child in terms of the abilities he or she is proud of, interests, challenges, optimal learning conditions, and family life. We conclude with a summary of information from a preliminary study on the use of personal profile summaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-210
Number of pages9
JournalIntervention in School and Clinic
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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