Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Lessons from Kindergarten Screening

We are currently in the middle of Kindergarten Screening. It has really snuck up on me this year. My mother and grandmother are certainly right in saying that time has a way of passing you by before you even notice it. So here are my reflections on this year's screening.

  1. The test developers REALLY need to consult with a Speech-Language Pathologist before creating future articulation tasks. They also need to consult us on the horrid "I Spy" task too. 
  2. I hate tweezers. 
  3. The language section seems to take 10 times longer than any other section. (The only exception to the rule is when you have someone taking a really long time to score.)
  4. The screening goes much more smoothly when everyone pays attention to what sections a child has/has not completed and brings them to X area for a needed section. 
  5. Blocks should not be used in the children's waiting area. It makes it very difficult for other children to pass the hearing screening.
  6. You will always have a least one kid who pitches a fit at the sight of the headphones & audiometer. Unfortunately, some are easier to reassure than others. 
  7. You will always have someone show up late when its about time to leave.
  8. Never say "will you"....without expecting someone to eventually refuse.
  9. The rhyming task is a nightmare. Always has been and always will be. 
  10. You will be ridiculously tired the next day for no reason at all. 

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