[blindkid] School psych & educational evaluations

Sally Thomas seacknit at gmail.com
Tue Sep 22 14:33:16 UTC 2009

You might find the information in this article helpful: 
http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/winter00/assessment_info.htm.  It 
concerns the role of the parent in testing.  There is a lot of additional 
information on the TSBVI website (www.tsbvi.edu) concerning testing VI kids. 
I agree with Heather's stand on the possibility of abuse of test results. 
My son had some testing done at a well respected testing center.  They had 
no experience with blindness (it's a long story).  Part of their results 
concluded that he was impulsive and probably ADD because he touched some of 
the testing equipment.  He was not asked to NOT touch the equipment.

Sally Thomas

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "holly miller" <hollym12 at gmail.com>
To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of blind children)" 
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Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 8:51 PM
Subject: [blindkid] School psych & educational evaluations

> Hi!
> Recently Hank had his 3 year IEP re-evaluations done.
> In reading the reports, I'm wondering how his vision could be affecting 
> his
> ability to understand what was being asked of him & give the proper
> responses.
> It seems a no brainer that there would be some impact but since I have no
> idea what the testing materials look like, it's hard to understand what 
> some
> of the pitfalls would be.
> At our next IEP meeting (Thursday) I'm going to ask them to explain & show
> me the testing materials but I'd feel more confident if I can glean some 
> of
> this info ahead of time.
> Hank is 9 and has Albinism.  His acuity is 20/200 paired with photo-phobia
> and Nystagmus.  Which -for those of you who have been following our saga
> know - in district & commission speak that means tossing him some hand 
> held
> magnifiers, dark pencils and slapping papers on the xyrox to enlarge them
> should be all he needs.
> Anyhoo
> The tests in question are
> Bender Gestalt
> and Woodcock-Johnson III Form A
> Thanks so much!
> Holly
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