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Special Considerations for Psychological/Educational Evaluations of Children with No Speech or Unintelligible Speech

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Special Considerations for Psychological/Educational Evaluations of Children with No Speech or Unintelligible Speech

By: Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D., and Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D,

We wish to thank Apraxia-Kids for making this article available.

The first thing to keep in mind when testing children with significant speech delays is that most standardized tests of intelligence will either be inappropriate or of questionable validity. Because language is such an important component of most tests of intelligence, it is nearly impossible to validly give those tests (such as the WISC-IV or WPPSI-III) in their entirety to children with significant communication disorders.

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