The DYnamic Therapy Associates Blog
Do standardized test scores accurately describe children with complex communication needs?
Even the nonverbal intelligence test is standardized on verbal children. It's a good attempt to describe cognition without the complication of verbal language but still, there is no standard for "normal" intelligence for nonverbal individuals. So should we use standard scores for speaking children to accurately describe nonverbal students?
Standardized tests are a shortcut to allow professionals to document that they have met an evaluation requirement for a child with complex communication needs and little more.
And watch, listen, watch some more, listen again and then describe.
And then do something to make a difference!
About the Author: I am a SLP who has the distinct fortune of having a job that is also my passion. I have been an AAC Specialist for almost 25 years in schools and my private clinic. I currently own Dynamic Therapy with my husband, Chuck (also of 25 years) who is my business partner and enabler. We have a wonderful staff of SLPs & AAC Specialists who work with us to help our patients. I hope you find my blog helpful as you join me in our journey with our unique and amazing friends! Vicki Clarke, MS CCC-SLP