The T&E Assessment is administered using Zoom technology on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a tablet, in the child’s home.
During the assessment, the child should be sitting in a chair at a table and wearing comfortable headphones to block out noise and help focus on the assessor and the activities (Amazon sells an assortment of reasonably priced headphones). Children are required to wear headphones throughout the assessment. Laptops and tablets should be set up on a flat surface so the child’s hands are free. Please leave up to 45 minutes for the entirety of the assessment though it may take less time.
Upon starting the T&E, the assessor establishes rapport and then guides the child through a variety of developmentally appropriate and fun activities featuring simple animation, bright colors, and upbeat music. The cohort of assessors are a diverse group of early childhood professionals who have been expertly trained to administer the T&E.
During the assessment, one adult (e.g., parent, guardian, caregiver, family member) is required to be present only to provide technological support as needed. Since the goal of the T&E is to assess the child’s ability to engage with the assessor independently, the child may not receive help from the adult unless there are technological issues. If the adult helps the childcomplete any task, the assessment results will be invalidated and a second assessment will not be provided.
Once the adult and child greet the assessor, the child’s headphones are on, and technology needs have been met, the adult must sit behind and to the side of the child so that the assessor may see the adult during the entirety of the assessment. The adult must also put on headphones or earbuds that are attached to a separate device and engage in a quiet activity that is unrelated to the child’s assessment, so as not to distract the child.
By wearing earbuds and focusing on something other than the child, the adult is modeling what the child should be doing and improving the child’s comfort level with the assessor. If at any time the assessor needs the adult’s attention, he or she will instruct the child to let the adult know.