LAP Information
Gross motor
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Fine motor
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Pre-Writing
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Cognitive
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Language
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Self-Help
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Personal / Social
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Every individual involved in the education of a child, whether that person is a parent, teacher, consultant, researcher, or any of the special related service personnel have at one time or another desperately attempted to find and utilize appropriate ways to rapidly and easily identify the mental age of a child that we are currently working with. One of the easiest and fastest ways of locating a mental age based upon current skill levels is the LAP.
The LAP provides assessment information from birth to 72 months of age in the areas of gross motor, fine motor, pre-writing, cognitive, language, self-help, and personal/social. The LAP helps to keep me focused and to keep a better perspective when writing an IEP. It also is extremely helpful when a regular education teacher comes and informs you that a particular student is functioning on a lower level than the rest of his/her class; the LAP is an easy way to inform the teacher of where that student is mentally which usually leads to that student receiving much needed help. A student may indeed be ten years old BUT, if by using the LAP, you are able to show a teacher where the child is actually functioning, you are better able to explain why the child is doing what they are doing.
Not only do persons who deal with an exceptional population find the LAP an invaluable tool, it provides a much simpler explanation to others of where a child may be functioning. After I have spent hours assessing, writing, and re-writing IEP goals for a student, I often find that I may have still missed the mark and the LAP helps me to better stay on track and to facilitate growth for our students.
Good luck on using the LAP. I hope that you find it to be as easy to use and as useful as I have. Tony Peace

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