Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Our Own Private Bell Curve

Adaptive skills. Reading skills. Vocabulary. Math skills. Grasp of language concepts. Social skills. Conversational skills. Sensory profile. Auditory processing. Vision. Articulation.

Yesterday was Sayer’s 3-year evaluation to determine continued eligibility for special education services. He passed! The meeting went fine and his team gave some promising information about his progress, but it is always deflating to see your child’s scores on the low end of the bell curve.

How nice it would be to have an assessment that would place your child firmly on the right side of the bell curve – moderately high to high. I decided that such an assessment will exist if I create it. So here is the 16 item Sayer Andrew Capability Assessment:


Skill Items That Can Be Accomplished Always/Usually (3 points each)

Can walk three miles on a dirt path without stopping

Can hike seven miles with periodic rests and snacks

Will eat food prepared on a camp stove

Can climb ladder and go down water slide ten consecutive times

Can shop at Costco without having a meltdown in store

Can remember which street light in the neighborhood is missing a light bulb

Can hula hoop for at least two minutes

Can find print icon on any computer and use repeatedly

Knows exactly where to find Baby Einstein videos at public library

Knows when his shirt is slightly wet right before the bus comes in the morning

Can identify that a crying baby is sad

Can play Wii bowling

Can set the table using “I can set the table” place mats

Skills that can be accomplished Sometimes (2 points each)

Shop at Costco and not have a meltdown after leaving store

Use walking feet at swimming pool

Keep hands away from a crying baby

Sayer’s Raw Score: 45
Sayer score is in the 90-95% percentile
I invite all of you to create an assessment suited to your own child’s unique skills and abilities. It would be great to share them – maybe we can start a Capability Assessment Database!


Pam said...

Hi, I don't have time to make a bell curve today but..... when I was checking into having my son volunteer (with support) at a child care center as part of his school day, the lead teacher informed me that my son would need a Criminal Background Check. Hooray! She thought of him as a human being, and even though severely disabled, completely able to get into criminal trouble. Pam

Carol Solow Freedman said...


That's three points for Ben - being vetted to be sure he is not a criminal! We talk about inclusion, so there ya go!