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Policies and Procedures


Gesell Program in Early Childhood believes that all children deserve the right to and opportunity for appropriate educational experiences during the early years. Gesell Program assessments do not discriminate on the basis of language, race, ethnicity, or economic status. Furthermore, the Program discourages the practice of excluding children from school programs on the basis of any assessment or screening tool. The Gesell Early Screener (GES), the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised (GDO-R), or any single instrument, should never be used as the sole determinant of a child’s placement in school. In making educational decisions for a child, multiple assessments, including parent observations, teacher observations, medical history, and a portfolio of a child’s work should be used to make decisions about a child’s educational requirements.

The GDO-R is a standardized assessment designed to provide educators and parents important information about a child’s development. The child’s responses to various tasks provides an indication of the child’s Developmental Age and an overview of maturity, strengths, and weaknesses in relationship to learning academic skills.

The GES/GDO-R can identify a child who may be at risk for developmental delay, but cannot identify nor diagnose any disease or condition of disability. Performance Level ratings of Concern on any of the strands of the GES/GDO-R may signal an area to monitor for periodic re-screening or for referral for specialized evaluation. Gesell materials are not intended to be used to identify possible special needs children. In order to obtain valid results, the GES/GDO-R must be administered in its entirety for the age band for which the tasks were designed. This includes the use of the two complementary measures, the TQ and the PQ. Any other use of the GES/GDO-R is not endorsed by Gesell.

Examiner Qualification

Only examiners who have attended a Gesell Program workshop within the last five years are qualified to administer and score the Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised. Certification gained through our multi-week workshop allows examiners to utilize the GDO-R in their professional and personal setting. Only examiners obtaining Qualified Examiner status are permitted to administer the GDO-R beyond their immediate setting and may charge a fee for services rendered. For more information regarding the Qualified Examiner process and requirements please visit our Examiner Levels page.

Workshop Cancellations & Refund Policy

Gesell Cancels: Gesell Program reserves the right to cancel training events due to low registration or other unforeseen circumstances up to two weeks before the start date. In the event of a cancellation, registrants will be notified and every effort will be made to find an alternative location or date that suits the needs of the registrant. When this is not possible, registrants will receive a full refund.

Substitutions: Participant substitutions may be made in writing 5 business days prior to the start of a training event.

Transfers: Participants transfers to a future workshop may be made in writing 5 business days prior to the start of a training event.

Participant Cancels: Reimbursements are only offered for registrants requesting to cancel if a cancellation is received in writing 2 weeks prior to the workshop date. If a registrant cancellation is not received in writing 2 weeks prior to the workshop date, a credit will be offered for a future workshop. Participant substitutions may be made within the same school.

Accommodations and Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, meals, and lodging. Additional information to assist with travel plans will be included in the registration confirmation packet. However, we highly advise participants to contact Gesell to confirm their workshop is scheduled to be held before arranging any lodging or travel plans. Gesell Program will not refund any previously booked lodging or travel reservations should any professional development opportunities with Gesell be canceled.

Tax Deductions

The IRS allows an income tax deduction for educational expenses (including enrollment fees and the cost of travel and lodging) for courses taken to maintain or improve skills required in your employment or business.

Education Credits

Because our workshops are international, we unfortunately cannot manage the process of ensuring application of our certificate of completion to every state, country, and board process available to our participants. However, our experience is that by submitting our certificate of completion, many entities will apply your credits. We are happy to assist in providing information or documentation for our trainings.

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