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Oh, today was just sad. I thought I could not feel any worse than I did yesterday. However, after another day of training, I just ended up with more to do.

The SLP who shall remain nameless complained because she had to turn in her IQ test. It seemed she always gave an IQ test so that she could compare it to the language test. She used what is called the ‘discrepancy’ model, which claims that a child’s standardized language score needs to be more than 15 points less than the IQ in order for a child to be language disordered. This is simply not scientifically valid. You cannot compare the results of two such completely different tests in any meaningful way.

Anyway, our meeting degenerated into an argument about eligibility criteria. Our boss (who is a diagnostician but NOT an SLP) decided that from now on, we have to give TWO standardized language tests to each child in order to determine eligibility. This is also not scientifically valid because you are again comparing two normed tests that have been normed on different populations! But it IS a lot more trouble for us SLPs who already have enough to do. This doubles our test time!! I could kill that SLP who shall remain nameless.

A rough end to a rough week.

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dragonflylover
Aug. 22nd, 2003 11:59 pm (UTC)
sorry you had such a rough week
you have a very tough job and I, for one, admire what the fortitude it takes to do it and do it well.

it's the week-end now, so enjoy yourself!
lonestarslp
Aug. 23rd, 2003 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: sorry you had such a rough week
Thanks, I needed that!
plunky
Aug. 23rd, 2003 06:36 am (UTC)
We have the whole 15 point discrepancy thing to qualify for LD, but we can't use that for language services. And giving two tests! I did that yesterday just because the child scored a 95 total score on the PLS-3 and his IQ scores were like 55. So I did the ROWPVT and EOWPVT and his scores were still high. By the time we were finished, we were both exhausted! I can't even imagine doing that every time. Good luck to you!
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