By M. P. Everard
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Assessment: The Role of the Psychologist 47 The verbal comprehension scale (version "A") is divided into nine sections, which follow the normal pattern of development of understanding of language. The earliest section concerns the preverbal stage in which the child is not yet using verbal labelling but understands some sounds that have emotional significance for him; for example, the child is rated on whether or not he looks at a familiar object or person when he hears the name. " In the last section the child has to understand a situation and describe or demonstrate the consequences; for example, the boy doll is placed on a chair in front of the table and the tester says, "This little boy has dropped his cup.
An autistic child with an IQ of 50 will present a completely different picture from a child with Down's syndrome with the same IQ (Wing, 1969). Psychologists are now well aware of these problems but, in the past, some confusion has arisen, especially in the field of childhood autism. Kanner's incorrect assumption that the existence of one or a few special skills in an autistic child inevitably meant that 34 An Approach to Teaching Autistic Children the child had all-round good cognitive potential was mentioned in Chapter 2.
Does he help with shopping? (ii) Can he help with any aspect of preparing and cooking food? (iii) Can he knit or sew? (iv) Can he do woodwork? (v) Can he do any other craft work? XIV. Other problems Any abnormalities not covered in the other sections. XV. The child's own personality However handicapped a child is, he has his own personality which affects the way he reacts to his impairments of function. Autistic children are no exception. Despite all their problems it is possible to see that, for example, some are basically tough and outgoing, others are shy and timid, some are confident while others are anxious.
An Approach to Teaching Autistic Children by M. P. Everard