550, 5911 - 50 Avenue
Stettler, Alberta, T0C 2L0
Tel: (403) 742-3326
Fax: (403) 742-1353
March 14, 1997
Marian Mainland Consulting Inc.
3723 Lobsinger Line
St. Clements, Ontario
Fax/phone: (519) 699-5429
Thanks for your letter I
received March 12, 1997, requesting feedback regarding
the Diagnostic Inventory for Screening Children.
I am currently employed as an
Early Intervention Therapist in the province of Alberta.
Early Intervention provides
home-based support services to families of children birth
to six years of age, in my area, with developmental
delays in more than one area.
The province of Alberta has
identified the D.I.S.C. as the assessment tool to be
utilized in the Early Intervention Programs and staff are
required to receive formal D.I.S.C. training .
The D.I.S.C. assessment helps to
establish a familys eligibility for the program,
and is a process for obtaining information about the
child's abilities and needs.
This also provides an
opportunity to build the worker's relationship with the
family and an opportunity for the family to develop an
understanding of the assessment process.
A review of the D.I.S.C.
assessment will be done every 6 - 8 months in my program
as this also allows families to visually observe their
child's progress, and update developmental information.
I have been using the D.I.S.C.
since October, 1995, when I received my training. The
D.I.S.C. has been very helpful in assisting me to
identify areas of referral (i.e.: speech, O.T., P.T.)
Other disciplines have expressed their appreciation in
receiving the D.I.S.C. assessment results, and have
discovered that it's results are accurate as well.
I have used the D.I.S.C.
PreSchool Screen in situations where I have received
referrals, where there may be some concern, or the family
wishes some re-assurance. I found it to be accurate,
quick to administer, and user-friendly.
To me, the D.I.S.C. is a
valuable, information tool in my employment as an Early
Intervention Therapist. To date, I have not yet seen
another assessment/screening tool that is more
appropriate than the D.I.S.C.
Thank you for requesting my
Marlene M. Levitt
Early Intervention Therapist
D.I.S.C. Level 3
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