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1 Welcome to the SNAP Infant Check demo

2 Computer-aided Special Needs Assessment and Profiling for the Early Years Developed by Charles Weedon and Kate Ruttle Exit

3 SNAP Infant Check meets the need for improving the screening of children in the early years to help professionals identify the triggers for additional support more accurately (DfE, 2012). Uniquely, SNAP Infant Check will help infants teachers to: recognise the early warning signs of different SENs; make appropriate next steps provision in the classroom; monitor subsequent progress; keep records to inform referral, if appropriate. Computer-aided special needs assessment and profiling at age 5–7: early identification before problems become severe! Exit

4 SNAP Infant Check is purpose-designed for use by SENCOs, learning support and classroom teachers in first and infants schools. SNAP Infant Check is based on classroom observation, with the option also to input additional information from the home. Carefully targeted on-screen questions identify emergent difficulties, yielding a graphic profile which highlights potential problem areas. For each problem area, SNAP Infant Check then generates personalised information and advice sheets giving down-to-earth, practical advice and strategies for focused and effective support. Intuitive and very easy to use – no specific training is required. Computer-aided special needs assessment and profiling at age 5–7: early identification before problems become severe! Exit

5 the teacher completes the structured on-screen questionnaire based on his/her classroom observations, giving an initial 'outline map' of the childs problems; the computer-generated SNAP Infant Check profile gives a graphic overview of the childs difficulties; if appropriate, a Home questionnaire can be printed out, and the parents responses collated on computer to give a fuller picture; for each problem area, you can generate personalised information and advice sheets giving practical suggestions for support and follow up; the infosheets generated from the SNAP Infant Check profile are Word documents which you can edit and expand as you feel appropriate. SNAP Infant Check involves clear steps, using the CD-ROM in conjunction with the Users Handbook, available separately: Exit

6 SNAP Infant Check is comprehensive, structured and systematic: it maps each childs own mix of problems onto an overall matrix of learning, social and personal difficulties. SNAP Infant Check helps you to identify clusters of problems and the core features of a childs difficulties. SNAP Infant Check points the way to the most appropriate teaching intervention and/or specialist referral. SNAP Infant Check will help you to strengthen home and teacher support. SNAP Infant Check will help you monitor progress and evaluate the effectiveness of any intervention. SNAP Infant Check builds on the award-winning SNAP-SpLD and SNAP-B programs, for specific learning difficulties and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Exit

7 What is SNAP Infant Check – and why do I need it? SNAP Infant Check gives a diagnostic profile across the eight most prolific categories of special educational needs and fifteen contributory strands – from ASD and attention difficulties to sensory and visual impairments (see next screens). The SNAP Infant Check profile provides core and expanded views across all 23 potential problem areas. You can superimpose and compare any two previous SNAP Infant Check profiles, enabling you to review a childs progress. Using the Matrix, you can also see at a glance where responses to individual questions have changed – for better or worse – in successive assessments. A confidence indicator alerts you if there is a high proportion of unanswered questions in the questionnaire. Exit

8 Specific learning difficulties: dyslexia dyspraxia dyscalculia Speech, language and communication impairment Autistic spectrum disorders Sensory impairment: hearing vision Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties SNAP Infant Check profiles eight core categories of emergent special educational needs … Exit

9 Expressive and receptive language difficulties Auditory perception, processing and phonological difficulties Emergent literacy difficulties Difficulties with coordination, planning and motor skills Sensory sensitivities Visual processing difficulties – including tracking/ocular control, or visual sensitivity/Meares-Irlen syndrome Number and quantitative difficulties Attention Hyperactivity and impulsivity Hearing difficulties/impairment Visual impairment Self-perception difficulties – including anxiety and self-esteem Difficult relationships with others Behaviours characteristic of ASD/Aspergers syndrome Dietary issues … together with their contributory strands: Exit

10 Specific learning difficulty – dyslexia Emergent literacy difficulties Visual processing difficulties Auditory perception, processing and phonological difficulties Dietary issues Specific learning difficulty – dyspraxia Difficulties with coordination, planning and motor skills Sensory sensitivities Dietary issues Specific learning difficulty – dyscalculia Number and quantitative difficulties Speech, language and communication Expressive/receptive language difficulties Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) Behaviours characteristic of ASD/Aspergers Sensory sensitivities Sensory impairment – hearing Hearing difficulties/impairment Sensory impairment – vision Visual impairment Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties Attention difficulties Hyperactivity and impulsivity Self-perception difficulties Difficult relationships with others Dietary issues The overall structure of the SNAP Infant Check profile Exit

11 A SNAP Infant Check core profile. The vertical red line shows the pupils own overall average, not a norm. Exit

12 You can also view a full profile – useful in showing if a particular strand is especially significant and/or is contributing to more than one problem area. (Run your mouse over the bars to identify the strands.) Exit

13 A SNAP Infant Check core profile with the Dyslexia bar expanded. Double-clicking on any bar will generate a personalised information sheet focused on that particular difficulty. Exit

14 The information sheets are packed with detailed, practical advice and ideas for effective support, including advice to share with parents – typically structured as: What is this difficulty? What does it imply? Advice for the classroom – organisation and teaching implications Effects on other learning behaviours Social and emotional implications Engaging with parents and carers Next steps Exit

15 You can compare successive assessments, by overall profile … Two SNAP Infant Check assessments compared - with the more recent profile superimposed on the earlier one. Exit

16 … and by individual questionnaire responses: Part of a Compare matrix – showing general improvement from one assessment to the next (green smileys), but flagging two specific areas of regression (red smileys). Exit

17 A Pupil Report is available for each assessment including a summary of any mild and potentially at risk problem areas: Exit

18 The techie details SNAP Infant Check is a single-user program for use on a single PC: the licence also allows installation on a laptop for use by peripatetic teachers. Your data can be held on a network drive (e.g. for automatic back-up), if required. SNAP Infant Check is a 32-bit Windows® application that requires the.NET framework to be installed on your PC in order to run: this will be checked during installation and you will be prompted to install it if necessary. To run the framework and application, you require a PC running Windows® XP, Vista or Windows 7 with a 1.5GHz or faster processor, with at least 512 Mb of memory (1 Gb of RAM recommended for Vista or Windows 7) and approximately 200 Mb of disk space to install the program (and an extra 150Mb if you need to install the.NET framework) and 100 Mb to run it. For quicker results you will need a PC with a faster CPU and more RAM. You will also need a mouse and SVGA monitor, set to a screen resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher. Note: as the number of data stored increases, the required disk space will also grow. Exit

19 TO ORDER your SNAP Infant Check CD-ROM and Users Handbook, contact: Hodder Education Customer Services Bookpoint Ltd, 130 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4SB (fax 01235 400401) You can order by telephone from Bookpoint on 01235 827827. Or you can order online.order online Microsoft® and Windows® are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Adobe® and Acrobat® are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and other countries. Exit

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