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Assessment tools and norms for visually impaired children

Child age 7, second grade in main stream school. Behind in all academic areas. The school wants to do an intelligence and academic achievement assessment. We think her inability to meet classroom goals academically is due to her visual impairment. For Example, Getting plus and minus sign confused. Lack of fluency in reading, and stringing words together in writing, Etc. We do not feel that she has any other cognitive problems. We have no problem with the assessments, but we want the assessment tools to be appropriate for a vision impaired child. Are there such assessments and norms for vision impaired kids and how can we obtain them because our school is clueless. She has a a teacher of the visually impaired who sees her 3 times a week, and he is clueless. Thanks for any help.

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Hi,
You are right to be concerned about the tools and methods used for an assessment. What is your daughter's visual diagnosis and does she read print/large print or Braille. If you give me this information, I can contact some folks and ask what they suggest.
Judith


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She reads large print. Her eye condition is called retinal dysplasia. Now, because I've asked questions about the assesments, the school wants to bypass the assessments and give her the help she needs. We just got this news today. Sounds like a complete turn around. Kind of confusing.


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It's possible that the school/district might have had a "hidden" agenda in asking to do the assessments but have given up on it. Has she had a low vision assessment or a learning media assessment?
judith


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How are things now? I would like to hear from you and see how things worked out.


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