Developing psychoeducational materials for children | PSY 640 Psychological Testing & Assessment | Ashford University

Create a story for children to educate them about psychological assessment. To begin, select a targeted developmental or reading level pre-K through grade 6. Review the elements required for each section of your storybook below. Visit the My Storybook website to familiarize yourself with this technology. See attachment for storybook account log in. Please review the instructions on the home page for Take a Writing Lesson, Build the Storybook, and Keep the Stories by selecting the link for Try it Now.  Select Publish Public so that you can share the story book. You will be provided a link.  Do not select “share” or “download” as those require you to pay, which is not necessary.

Account Username is in the attached document that will become the professional author name for the book. Review the information in Chapter 5 from textbook attached corresponding to the assessments appropriate for the age group you selected and review the Mental Health Assessment (2013) article for examples of information provided to the public about psychological testing. You may choose any appropriate title for your story. Be sure to address each of the following questions in your storybook in an age-appropriate manner:

  • Why is the character in the story being referred for testing?
  • Who will conduct the assessment?
  • What is being measured?
  • How long will testing take?
  • Who will be present during the assessment process? If not in the room, where will parents and/or guardians be while the character in the story is being tested?
  • How will the results be used? Who will have access to the results (e.g., medical doctor, family, the court, teachers), and why? This will vary depending on the character and plot in your story.
  • How will the tests be taken?  
  • What will be the outcome of the assessment? How will the information be used? How might this information impact the life of the character in your story?

Include content to address any developmentally appropriate fears that individuals of the age group you selected may have. For example, young children commonly associate going to the doctor with getting a shot.

Be sure to include all the required material from the instructions above in your online storybook without naming any specific tests in your storybook. Once you have created the storybook, message me the link on a word document that will note the age or grade level for the target audience of the story, a brief analysis and comment on the challenges and benefits related to explaining psychological assessment concepts using language that is developmentally appropriate for children. Compare at least two individually administered tests of intelligence or achievement for the age group you selected. Include in-text citations and references for all sources used.

Note: It is common for there to be a delay between the time a test publisher updates a test and the time the textbook and other authors can update their information about the new version of the test. Be sure to do online research to make sure you are recommending the most current version of the test. If there is a newer version than the version discussed in the textbook or other readings, recommend the newest version.

Note: It is highly recommended you complete all written work in a separate document first and then cut and paste the required content into your online storybook. This will allow you to edit and save your work separately from the online storybook, should any technical failures occur. This approach will also allow you to work on your content without having to remain connected to the Internet, which will make it easier to develop and edit your content prior to publishing it to your online storybook.  

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