scatter scores and autism

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Registered: 09-12-2008
scatter scores and autism
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Tue, 03-30-2010 - 5:59pm

Back in September or October I can't remember I posted about Gabe's speech language evaluation he had along with the ADOS. The speech therapist that did the evaluation had scores all over the place for Gabe. He went from above average to severely delayed type scatter scores.

I know children with autism can often show scores all over the place. I also know children with specific learning disabilities can also scatter score. With that knowledge I asked the school district to do a full psych/ed evaluation. They found his IQ to be in the normal/average range for both verbal and non-verbal. He did struggle with numbers and also with concepts such as in/under/between. The tester wrote that he needed prompting to stay on task that he wiggled in his seat, crawled under the table, stood at the table, slouched, etc...but that with prompting he would get back on task.

So I don't really know how to use this information for kindy. Gabe definitely has sensory issues, and I think the school is starting to see it. They did list his need for multiple sensory breaks which was not in the original test he had done in Sept by the OT.

I personally don't feel like Gabe has an LD. One part that has me bothered is the tester said he gave appropriate eye contact and had appropriate communication skills. That kind of made chuckle because one of his goals listed on the next page is "Gabe needs to work on pragmatic language and conversational skills" DOH!

Gabe does not have an educational dx of autism. The team that scored the ADOS said he is not displaying signs of autism. Regardless of that...we don't really need the educational dx. I just need Gabe's needs to be met in the classroom setting so that he can have full access to his FAPE.

We have an IEP meeting planned in two or three weeks so I want to be prepared.

Here are some of the things I think will help Gabe.
-sensory breaks
-visual prompting
-1:1 aide (we have a TSS but I have to ask for full time hours in the fall)
-social stories
-a communication device for answering questions concerning classroom activities/show and tell/etc
-speech 1 hour a week with 30 min 1:1 30 min group
-OT consult for sensory issues (Gabe's fine motor issues are minimal)

Also, the report says that Gabe is social...it's mentioned a million times. And while I do agree that he is social...it's in a different way. He starts to be social and then backs away or he only wants to talk about Mario.

I am not really sure what to expect in kindy. I don't really know what's expected of the kids at that age.

Any help, advice, I feel like the psych eval told me NOTHING.

Thanks guys.



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Registered: 10-08-2009
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 8:18pm

I'm not sure how helpful this is, but these are some accommodations my son had this year in kindergarten (in addition to some that you already listed.)

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 8:52pm

As far as the social aspect goes, point out that Gabe is social, but that he is not appropriately social.

                                

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Registered: 09-12-2008
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 9:36pm

Thanks for the advice. I'm Am using Gabe's itouch so I'm sure there is going to be loads of typos and errors. Please just ignore them. I have already given the school a copy of Gabe's medical diagnosis of autism. I know they don't have to accept it, but they did include it in their report they just gave me. I plan on explaining Gabe's social ackwardness in an email to the his sped teacher. From a distance Gabe definitely appears to be social. He says hi to kids, adults, teachers. Here's an example of his social issues. We were at the store today and there was a little girl walking past us. He started to say to her "I got mints" but stopped. As the little girl walked past us she said to her mom "we are going to be in here forever". Gabe repeated her "in here eber, in here eber". Yesterday at tounble town he was playing a chase game with another boy. All he did was chase him, he didn't pretend to be anything or play a pretend Game. The school says he plays pretend in the kitchen and Lego center, but he isn't playing house. I watched him play in the kitchen center atdaycare once. He was supposed to pretend he was the big brother. He traced the side of the table with his fingers. Don't get me wrong. He does pretend some. He makes car noises and now drives his big truck back and forth. I guess I think heshould be pretending that he is building things and pretending to dig the dirt. Gabe's TSS picked up on his social issues and he is Gabes new TSS and has only worked with him for a little over a week. It's funny how Gabes reg ed teacher picked up on his social delay but quickly changed her tune when the IEP team talked to her. At least that's the feeling I got.

Looks like I need to do a little more sitting in on Gabes class. And I need to come up
With a list of Gabes needs. By the way I really liked the one about giving Gabe extra time to answer. Gabe also has a working dx ofauditory processing disorder. I actually bloged about similar
Topic the other week in refernce to gabe answering questions about a story.

Again thanks for the responce.



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