My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Gesell Institute of Child Development Inc, New Haven, CT, USA
As an administrator and former teacher of an Independent School, we have been using the Gesell Developmental Observation for 30 years. Our school curriculum and programs are developmentally appropriate. We don't have a specific cut off date, rather we recommend placement based on each individual child. This practice has been very successful and it ensures children are within a class grouping where they can experience success. My school participated in the renorming study this past year and it was certainly reassuring to learn that while the language portions show some variation, the motor portions (fine/gross/grapho) have not changed from Dr. Gesell's early work 60 years ago. The LEAD Conference was a celebration of his, and many others in the field of child development, work.....and the need to redirect some of the current practices of pushing young children to do tasks that are not developmentally appropriate. We must continue to educate teachers, administrators, and parents for the benefit of the children.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
having more of my teachers learn to administer the GDO, and reinforce their understanding of ages and stages.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
more widely publicize the Institute and its work. Take every opportunity to speak to groups/media about the developmental needs of children and how important it is to match appropriately children and programs. Additional funding would help widen the Gesell Institute's influence.