Speech Therapy Evaluation As Homeschoolers {Part 2}

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-

Be sure to read the first part of this post at Speech Therapy As Homeschoolers - Part 1

Evaluation # 3: The 2nd Classroom Evaluation
The second play-base evaluation seemed similar to the first. From what Phoenix has said, they played with ride-in cars in the gym area, and interacted with each other. Phoenix mentioned filling his vehicle up with gas as the "parents" (aka evaluation team) stood around and talked.  

Evaluation Team Meeting
The next week, I went to an evaluation team meeting s to discuss the results obtained from the various evaluations that have been done on my child as well as determine a plan of action (if any is needed). I went into this meeting incredibly terrified. I have heard from numerous people that in general, during IEP meetings, parents can be highly pressured to send their children to public schools. As we're homeschooling, and plan to continue homeschooling, this meeting had the potential to be pretty rough. Going into the meeting, I had it set in my head that I wasn't going to sign anything at the meeting. I would take home the numerous papers they pushed my way to read over at home. Then, after carefully looking over everything, I'd sign papers, and move forward. The meeting started out great. The evaluators were telling me how great my son was, how much the liked him... all sorts of stuff that a mom could listen to for days. One all of the team members had arrived, we got right down to business.

Assessment Results
First was the school psychologist's assessment. She assessed Phoenix's adaptive behavior, cognitive delevopment, and social-emotional behavior. Phoenix was assessed by the Wechsler preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Third Edition (WPPSI-III). He was administered the General Language subtests of the WPPSI-III to assess his vocabulary development, and tested in the high average range. The assessor said his vocabulary was amazing for a 4-year-old, and they hardly ever see kids his age with such an extensive vocabulary. He also has an excellent retention and retrieval of vocabulary concepts. He was also tested in the preacademic area by the Bracken Test Of Basic Concepts, which he did extremely well on. This test covered such areas as colors, letters, numbers, size, comparisons, and shapes. The third group of results was for the Developmental Profile 3 (DP-3) test, which I actually completed for Phoenix at home. For this, he tested in various parts of the average range.  The DP-3 assesses physical development,  adaptive behavior, social-emotional, cognitive, and communication. This average result surprised the team, as they saw him excelling in all of these areas. They simply said how different tests measure different things, and that this is why they use a wide variety of tests, so they can get the most accurate picture. Overall, during assessment sessions, Phoenix's speech was nearly 100% intelligible, with long sentences, in known and unknown contexts. They said he appears to be ready for any school setting, but may require advanced differentiation at some point to keep him appropriately engaged in the classroom. He prefers a rapid pace of instruction/input and will attempt to engage himself with things of interest in the environment if things do not move fast enough for him. (For example, if the class would be talking about letters during circle time, he'd get bored, and would start looking at a poster on the wall.) The overall analysis is that Phoenix's speech is great, and that his development is not an issue that would require any IEP. I signed off on a paper stating that he didn't qualify for any services, and I was on my way.

My Thoughts
I'm so glad I got Phoenix's speech evaluated. It's very reassuring to know that his speech is developing normally for his age. Also, the high scores on the various assessments they gave him were wonderful to hear. That's not what he learned at daycare. That's not what he learned from teachers. That's what he has learned being at home. I take great pride that so far he is thriving in his home learning environment. :)

Have you ever worked with a speech therapist?  I'd love to hear what you think of this post. Leave a comment below. As always, I read and respond to each and every one. :)
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