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Hawaii  Early  Learning  Profile  Summary  

 

Background  Information  
Child’s  Name:  Ben  
Date  of  Birth:  7/17/2012  
Sex:  Male  
 
Reason  for  Referral:  Practice  for  students  
Examiners:  Danielle  Vachon  
Tool:  HELP  *Hawaii  Early  Learning  Profile  
Date  of  Screening:  4/12/2014  
 
FINDINGS  
Ben  was  administered  the  Hawaii  Early  Learning  Profile.  HELP  is  a  curriculum-­‐
based  assessment.  HELP  provides  a  listing  of  the  685  HELP  skills/behaviors  (by  age  
and  domain,  e.g.,  Cognitive,  Language,  Gross  Motor,  Fine  Motor,  Social,  and  Self  
Help).  
 
Domains  
Developmental  Age  Range  
Cognitive  
19-­‐24  months  
Language  
21.5-­‐24  months  
Gross  Motor  
20-­‐21  months  
Fine  Motor  
16-­‐19  months  
Social  
24-­‐30  months  
Self  Help  
18-­‐24  months  
 
Cognitive  Domain  
In  the  Cognitive  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  19-­‐24  months.  The  
examiner  started  observing  Ben  in  the  6-­‐10  months  range.  Ben  was  very  talkative  
and  playful  during  the  observation.  A  lot  of  his  gestures  and  talk  came  about  
because  of  his  sister.  Whenever  his  sister  would  do  a  gesture,  Ben  would  repeat  it.  
Ben  would  look  at  a  lot  of  books  with  his  sister  and  point  to  pictures  and  name  them  
(farm  animals).  During  the  observation,  Ben  played  a  lot  of  “house”  with  his  sister.  
He  demonstrated  drinking  from  a  cup  and  eating  food.  He  would  hand  the  cups  and  
food  back  and  forth  with  the  examiner.  Ben’s  next  steps  would  be  in  areas  that  he  is  
emerging  in:  work  on  identifying  body  parts,  work  on  downscaling  messy  projects  
(staying  on  the  paper,  pasting  on  one  side  of  the  paper),  and  understanding  more  
noun  objects  (people,  places,  things).    
 
Language  Domain  
In  the  Language  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  21.5-­‐24  months.  The  
examiner  started  observing  Ben  in  the  12-­‐14  months  range.  Once  again,  Ben  was  
very  talkative  and  friendly  during  the  observation.  He  was  comfortable  in  his  own  
home  surrounded  by  people  he  was  familiar  with  (sister,  mom).  A  few  sentences  

that  Ben  would  repeat  were,  “No,  Ava,  no!”  “All  done”  “Hi!”  He  was  looking  at  a  book  
and  named  the  dog,  horse,  and  cow.  He  also  made  sounds  for  each  of  these  animals.  
While  Ben  was  playing  he  saw  himself  in  the  mirror.  The  examiner  said,  “Who  is  
that?”  and  the  child  pointed  to  himself.  Ben  is  emerging  in  imitating  sentences,  
producing  the  following  sounds  clearly:  p,  b,  m,  k,  g,  w,  h,  n,  t,  d,  and  using  50+  
words.  If  Ben  continues  to  interact  with  his  sister  and  children  at  his  daycare  he  will  
begin  developing  these  skills.  
 
Gross  Motor  
In  the  Gross  Motor  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  20-­‐21  months.  Ben  is  a  
very  active  little  boy.  During  the  observation  the  examiner  picked  up  on  a  lot  of  
gross  motor  activities  just  by  watching  Ben  in  the  first  10  minutes  of  being  there.  He  
was  active  on  his  feet,  hands,  and  knees.  The  child’s  favorite  activity  was  playing  
with  a  ball.  He  was  throwing  the  ball,  dropping  it,  kicking  it,  handing  it,  and  walking  
while  holding  the  ball.  Ben  seemed  to  be  climbing  on  everything.  He  was  using  his  
whole  body  to  support  him  to  get  himself  up  on  couches,  chairs,  and  tables.  Ben  is  
emerging  in  being  able  to  walk  by  himself  without  the  support  of  others.  He  is  
becoming  very  independent  with  his  walking  upstairs  and  downstairs.  He  is  also  
emerging  in  the  skill  of  jumping.  His  mother  was  telling  the  examiner  that  in  the  
summer  they  have  a  trampoline  and  he  was  working  on  jumping  with  both  legs.  If  
Ben  continues  to  crawl,  walk,  run,  climb  he  will  develop  the  skills  of  walking  alone  
and  jumping  alone.  
 
Fine  Motor  
In  the  Fine  Motor  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  16-­‐19  months.  The  
examiner  started  observing  the  child  in  the  11-­‐12  months  range.  He  was  able  to  
grasp  a  crayon  adaptively  and  “color”  a  picture,  put  objects  into  a  container,  build  a  
tower  with  two  blocks/cubes,  point  at  himself  in  the  mirror  with  his  index  finger,  
and  place  pegs  in  the  pegboard.  Ben  is  working  on  balancing  objects  so  that  he  can  
make  a  taller  tower  with  4  or  more  blocks/cubes.  He  is  also  emerging  in  imitating  
crayon  motions  (circular  and  horizontal).  
 
Social  
In  the  Social  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  24-­‐30  months.  The  examiner  
started  observing  Ben  at  the  8-­‐12  months  range.  While  observing  Ben,  he  would  
extend  toys  to  show  others  but  not  release  them.  He  found  this  funny  and  would  
laugh  every  time  someone  would  extend  his  or  her  hand  out  to  take  the  toy.  During  
the  observation,  Ben  wanted  to  be  in  constant  sight  and  hearing  of  an  adult.  He  liked  
all  eyes  on  him.  Ben  is  working  on  not  acting  impulsively  and  trying  to  recognize  
rules.  There  was  a  few  times  during  the  observation  where  Ben  would  pull  his  
sister’s  hair.  At  one  point  during  the  observation  the  mother  separated  Ben  and  his  
sister  because  Ben  was  showing  signs  of  jealousy.  He  would  cry,  try  to  hit,  and  pull  
her  hair  because  she  had  a  toy  he  wanted.  When  they  were  getting  along,  Ben  
enjoyed  playing  rough  and  tumbling  with  her.  They  would  put  blankets  on  each  
other’s  heads  and  then  roll  on  the  ground.  Ben  is  emerging  in  his  skills  of  sharing  

and  cooperating  with  others.  He  is  working  on  obeying  the  rules  and  keeping  his  
hands  to  himself.  
 
Self  Help  Domain  
In  the  Self  Help  Domain,  Ben  scored  in  the  age  range  of  18-­‐24  months.  During  
feeding,  Ben  was  able  to  chew  food  with  coordinated  movements,  finger  feed  
himself,  hold  a  spoon  and  bring  it  to  his  mouth,  and  refuses  some  foods  (tomatoes  
and  other  veggies  according  to  mom).  Ben  sleeps  nights  12-­‐14  hours  and  takes  a  nap  
once  or  twice  each  day  (1-­‐4  hours).  Ben  is  emerging  with  taking  off  shoes  when  they  
are  untied  and  unzipping  sweatshirts/jackets.  During  the  observation,  he  was  trying  
to  remove  the  shoes  by  kicking  them  off  his  feet  but  was  unsuccessful.  He  began  to  
discover  that  pulling  down  on  the  zipper  will  “unzip”  it.  Ben  is  working  on  sitting  on  
a  potty  chair.  He  watches  his  older  sister  and  tries  to  do  what  she  does.  If  Ben  
continues  to  work  on  his  potty  training  and  continues  to  watch  his  older  sister,  he  
will  emerge  in  this  skill.  
 
Reflection:  
Ben  is  a  child  that  I  babysat  all  summer  and  I  am  very  familiar  with  him.  It  took  him  
awhile  to  open  up  to  me  because  I  haven’t  seen  him  since  Christmas  break.  He  was  
very  curious  about  all  of  the  materials  I  had.  I  was  unsure  at  how  I  wanted  to  
distribute  the  materials  so  that  they  would  be  useful  for  my  observation.  I  then  
realized  that  just  by  watching  Ben  in  his  normal  play  area  with  his  toys  was  very  
beneficial  for  me.  I  would  watch  him  do  something  and  then  check  it  off  on  my  list  
with  a  +  sign.  If  I  did  not  see  him  do  it  I  would  put  a  -­‐.  If  Ben  could  not  do  it  I  would  
write  no.  This  method  just  helped  me  so  that  when  I  went  back  I  could  tell  what  Ben  
could  and  couldn’t  do.  After  I  observed  him  for  a  while,  I  looked  back  at  my  checklist  
for  things  that  I  had  missing.  This  is  when  I  would  pull  out  different  materials  to  see  
what  he  would  do  with  them.  Ben’s  sister  was  a  big  asset  to  this  observation.  She  is  
going  to  be  turning  4  in  a  few  months.  She  helped  Ben  open  up  and  really  show  me  
his  personality.  Watching  the  two  of  them,  Ben  wants  to  do  everything  that  his  sister  
does.  If  she  is  not  paying  attention  to  him  or  has  something  that  he  wants,  he  does  
not  react  very  positively.  My  recommendation  for  this  would  be  to  have  Ben  interact  
with  children  his  own  age.  He  goes  to  daycare  twice  a  week  and  the  rest  of  the  days  
he  is  home  with  his  sister.  I  think  that  if  Ben  had  more  interaction  with  children  his  
age  he  would  be  able  to  blossom  into  his  own  person  more.  Another  thing  I  noticed  
during  this  screening  was  that  his  sister  would  jump  in  and  answer  a  lot  of  
questions  for  him.  I  would  say,  “Ben  what  is  this?”  “Ben  where  is  the  dog?”  and  his  
sister  would  jump  right  in.  I  asked  mom  if  this  happens  often  and  she  said  that  it  did  
happen  a  lot.  She  has  been  trying  to  tell  his  sister  that  it  is  important  for  Ben  to  
answer  so  that  he  can  learn.  I  think  that  once  his  sister  understands  this  then  Ben’s  
language  will  improve  dramatically.  I  really  enjoyed  administering  the  HELP.  At  first  
it  was  confusing  with  the  amount  of  materials  that  I  was  given,  but  I  think  I  managed  
them  pretty  well.  I  like  how  the  HELP  is  administered  over  time  so  you  can  watch  
the  child’s  growth.  I  think  it  is  a  very  positive  assessment.