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Monday, September 27, 2010

Wrapping Up the Assessments

I finished up the at-home assessments this morning so I wouldn't be influenced by the results we get this afternoon.

When we stopped, we still had one visual test to complete. The Crossing Eyes Test; he can't, which is Level 1.

Proprioceptive Function Checklist: 80 (scale 10-100)
Standing Balance Test: Sways to the right. According to the book, he should sway in the opposite direction of the weak side. That didn't work for us.
One Foot in Front Of the Other Test: with eyes open, he sways to the right. Again, not what the book tells me to look for. I know his right side is his weak side, and I'm not sure how you can mess up a simple test like this. With his eyes closed, though, he sways to the left. Actually, he fell to the left. Regardless of the side, he's at Level 1 here.
Supine Bridge Core Test: stayed up for 20 seconds. Level 1
Prone Bridge Core Stability Test: Right arm: 7 seconds; Left arm: 6 seconds; Right leg: 15 seconds; Left leg: 10 seconds. Level 1
Curl-ups: 7 Level 1
Right Angle Push-ups: 0 Level 1 He has to do pushups for karate and he does them, just not properly. We're doing this at just the right time, because he's getting to a point where his belt level is too high to allow him much leeway.
The results list at the end of this section was a little confusing because it lists places to check right and left even on exercises that don't differentiate between sides (like Bridge, Curl-ups & Push-ups). Also, for the sway tests, (which already had confusing results), at the point of the tests, the books says to, "Record the side of the brain that is opposite the sway." (There is a place on the page to do this.) Yet at the end of the section, it says, "Record the results of the assessments here. If the results lean heavily to one side, (like your child - no, wait, the book doesn't say that) it is an indication of a deficiancy in the other side." Now is it me, or are the two sets of directions contradictory?

Tactile Function Checklist
Hypotactile Symptoms: 32
Hypertactile Symptoms: 55 (scale 10-100)
Tactile Assessment
Simultaneous Sensitivy Test: Usually left arm felt strongest pressure. We got mixed results on his legs; what was interesting was that I was rubbing my finger down his leg and thought I was going up. (His eyes were closed.)
Tactile Sensivity Test (one limb at a time): arms felt the same; legs: 2 left, one same
Number Tracing: left arm: 0/3; right arm: 1/4 (the one he got right was "1") This involved using the eraser end of a pencil to "write" numbers on the arm and trying to guess (with eyes closed) what the number was. I let him to do it on me, and it was hard for me to tell the difference. 5 and 2 are especially hard to tell apart.

Olfactory Function Checklist
Hypersensitive: 32
Hyposensitive: 28
Olfactory Assessment: Sense of Smell Test: I used lemon and tea tree scents (essential oils I had), cinnamon, and peppermint-scented Dr Bronner's soap. When we did the test, neither of us could smell the soap, which I find really odd since the scent seems to linger when I use it for something. Anyway, the other three served our purpose. He couldn't smell any of them until they were right under his nose, then he complained loudly about the smell. This happened with both nostrils.

Hemispheric Assessment
At the end of the testing section is at checklist. It's a little confusing because it says to record the results of all the tests and checklists we've done. Except there is no Postural Checklist and it's listed there along with everything else, with the same spaces for recording certain results. So don't bother flipping back to find the results of that Checklist, just move on. I love this part: "For each list, the lowest possible total score is 10 and the highest possible score is 100... If the total score in each individual checklist is less than 10, it means that your child most likely does not have a problem in this functional area." It does, however, apparently mean that you have a problem in the math area.

Academic Assessment Checklist
Right: 14 Left: 6

Behavior Assessment Checklist
Right: 16 Left: 3

Now it's time to go see what the professionals have to say.

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