[blindkid] Inquiry about IQ/Gifted Testing

Heather Field missheather at comcast.net
Mon Apr 23 22:33:58 UTC 2012

Hello Arielle,
I am not aware of any IQ tests normed for 4-year-old blind children. I 
believe that the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for children (WISC), which is 
now in its fourth version, may have been normed for blind children. However, 
even this would present problems as it would only have been normed on the 
nonvisual components. Furthermore, as the population of children who are 
blind, with no additional interfering variables such as other disabilities, 
is so small to begin with, and certainly the entire population was not 
included in the process of norming the test,  it is almost impossible to 
take any claims of something having been normed with blind children 

So, I would advise the parents to ask for their child to be assessed on a 
combination of her work and on portfolios and recommendations from teachers 
who work with her. The psychologist may want to give her some test of their 
chosing but it really will have no significance in deciding this child's 
ranking with her sighted peers.

Heather field

-----Original Message----- 
From: Arielle Silverman
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:20 PM
To: blindkid at nfbnet.org
Subject: [blindkid] Inquiry about IQ/Gifted Testing

Hi all,
This came up on another list and I think some of you will have answers
for this mom. If you have pertinent information please either write to
her directly using the email address provided in the header, or reply
on-list and I will forward. Thanks for your help!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: annie murphy <annabelle231 at yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:38:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [LCA] IQ Test for blind
To: "LCA at yahoogroups.com" <LCA at yahoogroups.com>


I am trying to get Madeline enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2012-2013
year. Because she will not be 5 until October, I have to go through
early entrance, for which you have to be deemed gifted. They have done
everything other than an IQ test, but at this point, they are stumped
on how to do this. I was told today that they will adapt the IQ test
by just giving Mads the verbal parts. Anything with a picture or graph
will be not be used. My concerns are that for her to get early
enrollment, she has to score a 95 or higher on the IQ test, and they
are only using the verbal parts...
Does anyone know where I can find an adapted IQ test for a 4 year old??

Thank you!

Madelin 4.5 years old, gene still unknown.

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