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Learning Disorder Assessment
in Public Schools
Puzzle of Learning Disorders
Sharon L. Wenger, M.Ed.
There is an important rule you
need to know about assessment: the results are only as good as the
test, and the examiner. A good examiner, administering a good
instrument, should give you valid, usable results. But the opposite is
also true: a bad examiner, or a bad instrument, will give you invalid,
confusing, even misleading results.
of Preschool Children
(excerpt) Young children, however, are difficult subjects to assess
accurately because of their activity level and distractibility, shorter
attention span, wariness of strangers, and inconsistent performance in
unfamiliar environments. Other factors that may affect a child's performance
include cultural differences and language barriers, parents not having books
to read to their child and a child's lack of interaction with other
children. Consequently, assessment of infants, toddlers, and young children
requires sensitivity to the child's background, and knowledge of testing
limitations and procedures with young children.