Simcoe County Infant Development Programme

The Barrie & District
Association for People with Special Needs

P.O. Box 1119
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
L4M 5E1
(705) 726-9062

October 9, 1996

Marian Mainland
c/o Mainland Consulting Inc.
3723 Lobsinger Line
St. Clemens, Ontario
N0B 2M0

Dear Marian:

I am forwarding to you a description of how the D.I.S.C. (Diagnostic Inventory for Screening Children) has been used by the Simcoe County Infant Development Programme.

As you are aware, this programme has found it beneficial to use a variety of standardized or play based assessments and screening tools in providing early intervention services. As a general philosophy, the particular assessments and screening tools that may be completed with any infant will depend on many factors including the family's wishes, programme planning needs, identifying service needs, reducing duplication, etc.

The D.I.S.C. is a tool that we may use for infants of any age although we are inclined to use it most for those infants in the 18 - 24 plus months age range. The information obtained from the 8 domains on the D.I.S.C., particularly the 2 attention and memory areas, is especially helpful. The D.I.S.C. provides a useful framework to produce a good description of an infant's learning style, strengths and areas, and general progress. We have found the D.I.S.C. useful with infants receiving active programme support at review points to determine needs for specialized service support. It can be very helpful in a monitoring role for the same purposes.

We have found neonatal and other follow-up centres outside of the county requesting developmental screening receptive to the D.I.S.C. information.

The age ranges covered by the D.I.S.C. have been an advantage. Locally within Simcoe County, preschool age early intervention services are expanding their use of the D.I.S.C. and thus, this tool has been quite useful for transition procedures. Some Resource Teacher Programmes have requested D.I.S.C. consultation from the Infant Development Programme.

The D.I.S.C. as a tool designed to be administered by examiners from varied academic and experiential backgrounds, eliminates some of the financial and academic barriers that other tools pose.

Sincerely,

Jo Lovering, Supervisor
Simcoe County Infant Development Programme



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