A Child & Family Assessment
Neurobiology, Executive function,
Attachment, Trauma, & Self-regulation
By Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW
Copyright 2010 by Jane Gilgun
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The NEATS is a child and family assessment that directs attention to five areas of human development and functioning that research has established as fundamental. These areas are neurobiology, executive function, attachment, trauma, and self-regulation. The title NEATS draws from the first letter of each of the five areas. The assessment is competency-based and ecological. It guides practitioners to identify resources, strengths, competencies, and resilience within the ecologies in which children and families live their lives.
These ecologies include families, extended families, neighborhoods, peer groups, social networks, schools, and the influences of social services, community resources, and social policies. Considerations of opportunities and access issues related to race, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability, and religion are also part of the assessment.
I developed the NEATS through research, practice, teaching and consultation. The NEATS prepares professionals to do sound assessments on which to base case plans. These professionals include social workers, case managers, psychologists, counselors, nurses, psychiatrists and other medical doctors. Parents who participate in professional services with their children may also find this book helpful.