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Old 01-26-2009, 09:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know test results have to put you somewhere but seeing that my 5yr 8mo ds's speaking ability is like children <2 years old kinda takes my breath away.

I was even thinking of cancelling his AAC Clinic appt since he "speaks so well" these days. He's been in speech therapy for 3 years last December.

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Do you think the results are accurate for him? I feel some evaluations skew the results low because of the way they score. It's hard to hear stuff like that, especially when you don't see it coming.

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Do you think the results are accurate for him? I feel some evaluations skew the results low because of the way they score.
No he really is hard to understand. It sort of gives me a headache when I am concentrating on understanding him!

When we go to the park and a toddler walks over to me they talk so well I forget my oldest three were the same and that my youngest really does have a disability when it comes to speech.
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Age equivalents on standardized tests are notoriously bunk. And of course, they are what the parent understands most easily and what they want to know. In my district, we don't even report the Age Equivalents, because they are so unreliable.

A much better parameter to look at is his Standard Score. If you would like to share it, I'd be happy to explain how to interpret it into a type of severity estimate.

Also, as other people said Standardized tests are not real life. If he is doing well functionally, then be proud! I'd continue getting him help if he qualifies for it, but don't let this test take away what you know as a mama...he IS improving.

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Also remember that many kids under 2 have a really good handle on language so just because your son scored like them doesn't mean that's a bad thing. It's very hard to compare children with communication delays to typically-develping children as their skills can be quite scattered and yet even if they score "poorly", they are gaining a lot of communication skills or articulation on their own scale.

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A much better parameter to look at is his Standard Score. If you would like to share it, I'd be happy to explain how to interpret it into a type of severity estimate.
On the Kauffman test he got a 66 on Part 1, an 83 on part 2, and a 66 on Part 3.

I know he's improved because 1 year ago he couldn't even finish this test!

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Are you talking about the Kaufman Speech Praxis test?

I've actually never seen/given that one, so I'm not going to be of much help. However my googling tells me its to assess the presence or absence of apraxia. Is that a concern for your DS?

The 66 scores are not great, but the 83 would be in the non qualifying range in the school district. There is a huge difference between those two scores as well. I'd love to know what the test parts assess, and what his strong area was.

Did they do any other tests?

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HUGS!!! I know the feeling. My almost 4 yr old DD just scored at 11 months old!! It makes me want to crawl under a rock and hide. All I can think about is what life is going to be like for her if she never talks normally. It kills me inside. Her receptive is fantastic but her expressive is 11 months old!!!
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