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The mainstream assessment of readiness for children over five (MARCOF) was developed by Cynthia S. Robinson, M.Ed., CED. This tool is designed for educators and parents of children who are deaf to use together for analysis of a child's readiness to enter mainstream education with hearing peers. Consideration is given to a variety of areas including standardized testing, listening behaviours, speech and language skills, auditory perception, academic skills, social/emotional development, and school and family concerns. The importance of each area for evaluation is explained in a short summary. A numerical scoring sheet targets a child's strengths and challenges and provides information on overall readiness, as well as highlights areas needing further intervention or support services. The kit includes a manual explaining skills that are considered important along with recommendations for assessment that will help gather the data needed to assist in decision making for successful mainstreaming.


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