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Q: Are the IQ tests like WISC and Stanford-Binet appropriate for IA children?
A: This question has no simple answer: it depends on how long the child is in the adoptive family, on the nature of referral issues, and on the situation with the language in general, etc. Each and every time this must be decided individually, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer. I have developed a template of testing procedures for screening (on arrival) and for full evaluation (both on arrival and within the next 2-5 years in the country) for IA children ages 3 to 14+. I have submitted these templates with the descriptions to NASP (National Association of School Psychology) to be published in their “Best Practice” Handbook, but it will occur only in 2006-2007 editions. Meanwhile, you can look at Screening Details to see my recommendations for the initial screening tests and procedures, and at Assessment Details for the same recommendations about the full assessment. I have to repeat again and again: tests are only instruments; the most important thing is the interpretation of the results. And here a lot depends on who does the interpretation; if this specialist has experience with IA children and is familiar with the issues of institutional behavior and dynamics. In general, psychological assessments are done with different goals in mind, including one of eligibility for a service, placement, or an acceptance to certain program/school. The goals determine the selection of instruments. I talk about all these in more details in the online class:Course BG3 - Initial Psycho-Educational Screening And Full Assessment of an Internationally Adopted Child


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