Friday, June 26, 2009

Official 3 Year Developmental Reports

I received the girls official reports from their 3 year developmental assessments.

Ashlea was assessed using the Reynell-Zinkin-Scales for Young Visually Handicapped Children. I don't know much about the scale and what it means, but this is how Ashlea compares to other visually impaired children.

Social adaptation 11 - 14 months
Sensori-motor understanding 10 - 12 months
Exploration of Environment 1.9 - 2 years
Response to sound and verbal comprehension 1.6 - 1.9 years
Vocalisation and expressive language 2.3 - 2.5 years (!!!!)
Expressive language (vocabulary and content) < 2 years

Now remember this is compared to other visually impaired children rather than 'neuro-typical' children. The big question is...how far delayed are other visually impaired children? I would like to know how she compares overall to a 'regular' child.

Audrey (oops - did I accidentally sneak another real name in there?) was assessed using the Bayley-III Scales of Infant Development. Her report doesn't contain a lot of information other than:

Cognitive Scale - within normal range
Language Scale - good for her age
Motor Scale - appropriately developed for her age

I'm off to google the Reynell-Zinkin Scale but so far I haven't had much luck. On another note, Ashlea had a good time in the walker today. She can now go FORWARDS as well as backwards. Very exciting. Hopefully I'll be able to get some video over the weekend.

4 comments:

Lacey said...

Yes, post a video, i would love to see her walking. Sounds like she's doing pretty good.

Becca said...

The scale will be more than likely just a more accessible way to assess her - one not depending on visual skills etc, rather than comparing her to a totally different level. In other words her scores are comparable with any other 3 year olds, not just VI ones.

/friendly grown-up disabled person passing by.

Becca said...

The different scale will be just to eliminate/avoid using visual skills or cues to assess her, rather than assessing her to a whole different set of criteria - obviously a bright, verbal, blind youngster couldn't be assessed by being asked to describe what colour the pussycat is, or whatever! In other words, her scores are comparable to any 3 year old's, they just picked a fairer way to assess her.

/friendly disabled grownup passing through

Alison said...

Thanks Becca - that is helpful. A speechie from RIDBC confirmed today that her speech is indeed at the level of a 2 year old - WOOHOO!!!