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Infant-Toddler and Family Instrument (ITFI)

Infant-Toddler and Family Instrument (ITFI)

Authors: Sally Provence, Nancy H. Apfel

ISBN: 978-1-55766-492-1
Pages: 24
Package Of: 15
Copyright: 2001
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Saddle-stitched $30.00 Qty:

Size:  8.5 x 11.0
Stock Number:  64921
Format:  Saddle-stitched
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This clinically and culturally sensitive tool helps family service providers evaluate the strengths and vulnerabilities of children from 6 months to 3 years. The ITFI provides a clear, step-by-step way to question caregivers about their child's characteristics, daily activities, health, development, and family life in understandable language that feels natural and comfortable.

The ITFI instrument includes:

  • Caregiver Interview: This interview with the child's parent or primary caregiver covers three major areas: Home and Family Life (23 questions), Child Health and Safety (6 questions), and Family Issues and Concerns (6 questions). These direct, open-ended questions gather crucial information in a sensitive way and ensure that family service providers are covering the right topics with families.
  • Developmental Map: This component helps professionals observe the way a child spontaneously moves, talks, handles objects, and interacts with other people. It covers nine different age intervals and key developmental areas: gross and fine motor, social and emotional, language, coping, and self-help
  • Checklist for Evaluating Concern: After the family visits are complete, professionals complete this checklist, divided into three sections: Home and Family Environment (13 questions); Child Health, Development, and Safety (14 questions); and Stressors in the Child's Life (11 questions).
  • Plan for the Child and Family: Here, professionals develop a plan of action with the child's family.

The ITFI instrument is sold in packages of 15.

Flexible enough to be used in a variety of home visiting or center-based programs by family service providers from different fields with varying levels of education and experience, ITFI can be conducted in homes or in child care/medical settings.

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Review by: T. Brazelton, pediatrician, noted author, and Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
"This is a wonderful instrument ... It values the child's excitement in performance. Each assessment becomes an opportunity for sharing the child's behavior and excitement. This ITFI brings out the fun and excitement that a test can bring—to both child and parent."
Review by: J. Lally, Director, Center for Child & Family Studies, WestEd
"This instrument is a jewel. ... It provides clear and straightforward guidance to help people from many different service disciplines accurately assess child and family need."
I. Caregiver Interview
  • Part 1: Home and Family Life
  • Part 2: Child Health and Safety
  • Part 3: Family Issues and Concerns
II. Developmental Map
  • Gross and Fine Motor Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language Development
  • Coping and Self-Help Development
  • Developmental Map Summary Sheet
III. Checklist for Evaluating Concern
  • Home and Family Environment
  • Child Health, Development, and Safety
  • Stressors in the Child's Life
  • Checklist for Evaluating Concern Summary Sheet
IV. Plan for the Child and Family

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