Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised Administration and Results Workshops

Workshops with The Gesell Program in Early Childhood prepare early childhood professionals to understand and better meet the unique needs and abilities of young children through a comprehensive training in:

  • the ages and stages of child development, and
  • how to administer and interpret the results of the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised (GDO-R)

The GDO-R uses direct observation to evaluate a child’s cognitive, language, motor and social-emotional responses in five strands: Developmental, Letter/Numbers, Language/Comprehension, Visual/Spatial, and Social/Emotional/Adaptive.

A child’s performance on each strand corresponds to a Performance Level Rating (Age Appropriate, Emerging or Concern) and a Developmental Age. Developmental Age, determined by the calculating the results of the GDO-R, is an age in years and half-years that best describes a child’s behavior and performance on a developmental scale; may be equal to, older or younger, than the child’s actual chronological age. It encompasses a child’s social, emotional, cognitive/intellectual and physical make up.

The GDO-R has been validated and improved with the use of strand scoring and performance levels, which group results into strands (above) and allow for specific evaluation in growth areas. These in-depth workshops are offered to new and experienced users alike.

Certificates of Completion are provided.

 

 


GDO-R Workshop Options Available:

The Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised for the 2 ½-6-Year-Old Child

Live and virtual options available. Please see calendar for dates and to register.

In this workshop participants will learn to administer the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised (GDO-R) to the 2 ½ to 6-year-old child and interpret results as they relate to neuro-motor, language, cognitive, social, emotional and adaptive responses.

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Specifically, this workshop will address two areas of knowledge and skill needed to responsibly utilize the GDO-R:

 

  • An introduction to Gesell theory and stages of child development for ages 2 ½ to 6 years
  • A proprietary training on how to administer and interpret the results of the GDO-R

Workshop Components:

  • In-depth study of developmental behaviors of the 2-½ to 6-year-old child
  • Comprehensive overview of developmental age and its implications for learning
  • Demonstration of the administration of the GDO-R with the 2-½ to 6-year-old child
  • Hands-on practice of administration of tasks
  • Training and practice on how to score the GDO-R
  • Process for the valid determination of developmental age

Workshop Materials Included:

  • GDO-R Examiner's Manual
  • GDO-R Examiner's Script
  • 2 sample GDO-R Child Recording Forms
  • 1 sample Parent Questionnaire
  • 1 sample Teacher Questionnaire

Sample agenda for live training:

  • Pre training homework including videos to review and material to read
  • Three days of live training, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm with a lunch break (see calendar)
  • Periodic evaluations to complete to demonstrate sufficient proficiency to move forward
  • Post training evaluation, including completion and submission of one full recorded assessment with accompanying child recording form

Sample agenda for online training:

  • Pre training homework including videos to review and material to read
  • Spread out over a 4-week training period, there will be:
    • 3 live meetings, each about 2 hours (see calendar) via Google Hangouts
    • A set of online courses to complete via Google Classroom
    • Evaluations to complete via Google Classroom in order to demonstrate sufficient proficiency to move forward to the next course
  • Post training evaluation, including completion and submission of one full recorded assessment with accompanying child recording form
The Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised for the 6-9-Year-Old Child


Online workshop. Please see calendar for dates and to register.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of the GDO-R 2 ½ to 6-Year-Old Workshop in the last 5 years is required for enrollment in this workshop.

In this online workshop participants will learn to administer the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised (GDO-R) to the 6 to 9-year-old child and interpret results as they relate to neuro-motor, language, cognitive, social, emotional and adaptive responses.

Click here to learn more about Gesell Developmental Assessment Tools

Specifically, this workshop will address two areas of knowledge and skill needed to responsibly utilize the GDO-R:
  • An introduction to Gesell theory and stages of child development for ages 6 to 9 years
  • A proprietary training on how to administer and interpret the results of the GDO-R

Workshop Components:

  • In-depth study of developmental behaviors of the 6 to 9-year-old child
  • Demonstration of the administration of the GDO-R with the 6 to 9-year old child
  • Hands-on practice of administration of tasks
  • Training and practice on how to score the GDO-R

Workshop Materials:

  • Two weeks prior to the workshop, Right and Left Assessment Cards, and Monroe Visual III Cards will be mailed to participants.

Sample agenda for online training:

  • Pre training homework including videos to review and material to read
  • Spread out over a 1-week training period, there will be:
    • 2 live meetings, each about 90 minutes long (see calendar) via Google Hangouts
    • A set of online courses to complete via Google Classroom
    • Evaluations to complete via Google Classroom in order to demonstrate sufficient proficiency to move forward to the next course
  • Post training evaluation, including completion and submission of one full recorded assessment with accompanying child recording form
Gesell Ages and Stages Introduction

Attend the first day only of the 3-day GDO-R for 2 ½-6 Year Old workshop to learn or revisit the foundations of child development, and go deep into the Gesell approach to understanding children and meeting them where they are.

Learn or revisit the foundations of child development, and go deep into the Gesell approach to understanding children and meeting them where they are. Great for school and program leaders!

Beyond Admissions and Placement: How to Use the GDO-R for Curriculum Planning and Individualized Instruction

FREE Recorded Webinar

This FREE recorded webinar takes you BEYOND looking at the GDO-R as a placement tool. Find out how the GDO-R can effectively help leaders and teachers with curriculum and lesson planning, modify instructional techniques and strategies, and make the classroom environment developmentally appropriate.

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Feedback from our workshop participants:

"Excellent workshop. It is exciting to have a trainer who is so skilled and knowledgeable!"
"A very informative and useful workshop. I learned a lot about child development and feel comfortable applying what I've learned in a practical setting."
"I love the information the Gesell Developmental Observation gives me about each student I have in my classroom! It helps me present learning and activities in a way best suited for each child's developmental stage."

“Great training on a fascinating assessment. [Our trainer] was informative and kind about working with the novice assessor, and linked theory to practice. We were also offered plenty of time to experience the materials in a hands-on way. Thanks!” - Greta from Washington

“This was a great experience and I am eager to keep learning about the GDO-R. I will begin to start practicing!” - Amanda from Flourtown

“[Our trainer] was PHENOMENAL! The way that she connected with each person and went out of her way to get to know us was delightful. Her perspective of the child and the way that she walked us through each step of the GDO-R was awesome.” - Lauren from High Point