What is the purpose of intelligence tests in children? They help
doctors, teachers and psychologists diagnose numerous learning
difficulties such as cognitive deficits, learning disabilities,
processing disorders, attention disorders and mental retardation. To
accurately identify any of these, the tests should be conducted in
conjunction with other psychological evaluations as well as physical
testing. Combined, these tests help professionals build strategies best
suited to help these children function and progress in learning. An
individualized education plan (IEP) can be set into place to address
dysfunctions or disabilities.
What value do I place on these tests? I place a lot of value on these
tests for without them my daughter would have not been provided the
early intervention and education plans to help her achieve to the best
of her abilities. My daughter, whom we adopted at age 1ÃÂ½, was tested at
age 3 and diagnosed with a cognitive delay.
At age 7, she was diagnosed
with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Then at age 11,
she was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder. All these
were the result of extensive intelligence and psychological evaluations
utilizing a wide variety of approaches to be certain accurate results
were obtained. They were valuable in that they helped the professionals
all along the way to develop IEPs to devise a plan within her learning
capabilities. If it were not for these tests, my daughter would have
fallen way behind and would have never had the chance to reach her
potential. As you can imagine, I place high value on intelligence tests
when used as intended.
Are intelligence tests are biased? I don't believe they are. I know
there is a lot of reasons why people would think they are biased, but I
don't believe they are valid reasons. For...