Recently, I got last school year's standardized test results back for Siobhan and Diarmuid, and neither result was all that surprising. I have no objection to having D do the regular state tests, but I'm not quite sure what the point is.
For those not in the know, D is autistic, and no, he's not "high functioning". He's got an IEP, and he has been in special education since he was 3. The state test results for D were single-digit percentile. I mean — somebody has to be at first percentile, and it may as well be him. But it doesn't tell anybody much, because a lot of this is mediated by D's limited communication skills. It's difficult to know what he does and does not understand, when he can barely tell people basic things. He does seem to have a lot of receptive language, but his productive language is limited.
That said, D has been remarking more on the world and conversations.
Most of D's communication is scripted — that is, most is of the variety "May I have X, please?", "Press play", "Thank you", "Where is X?", "Yes/no/I don't know", and sometimes, if he answers, it really isn't a "true" answer (especially the "I don't know" response).
Then he produces a lot of words that are really scripted in that he's reciting lines from movies or TV shows. Sometimes it's a game to try to figure out what show he is quoting.
But every so often, he says something that is relevant to what's going on and isn't from a show.
( Collapse )