A research team out of Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario is working on developing a native version of the Diagnostic Inventory for Screening Children (DISC). The data collection is coming along quite well. We are hoping to have all data submitted for analysis by the end of May, 2000 so that final revisions can be made and the Native DISC Manual and Record Forms can be printed by the fall of 2000.
We are asking any agency, who is using the DISC to complete developmental screening with native children, to send us their data before the end of May, 2000. We require copies of individual record forms with all identifying information removed except for the sex and age of the child and the name and address of the agency (in order to examine regional differences). In return for your photocopying and mailing costs as well as staff time and effort, we are prepared to offer you DISC record forms, two new forms for each completed form you forward to us.
This data, collected from agencies across Canada, will be analyzed identifying the percentage of native children at each one-month interval who pass each DISC item administered. We are not concerned about collecting a representative, random, census-based sample at this time. This data collected now be compared to the preliminary data collected on the DISC and will be used to give us an initial evaluation of whether native children perform significantly different on the DISC than non-native children.
The results will indicate whether separate norming for native children is required. If the norms are significantly different, a report will be prepared stating that the norms are different, thus a separate version of the DISC with separate norms for native children is necessary. THERE WILL BE NO SPECIFIC CONCLUSIONS COMPARING NORMS OF NATIVE CHILDREN TO NON-NATIVE CHILDREN.
The report will simply state that we are proceeding to Phase 2 since the norms of the two groups are different. Phase 2 will incorporate suggested revisions to the DISC as suggested by the Native Advisory Committee as well as your comments on the forms you forward to us. It is very important that you forward to us your comments and observations about either individual items, or trends that you might see re: areas on the DISC where native children have more or less difficulty than non-native children. Once the data is analyzed, we will again contact you to get your help interpreting the data.
In the meantime, you might want to check out a letter we received about Alberta's experience with Phase I of the DISC Research Project.
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