ERIC Number: ED124572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Power of Selected Cognitive, Social/Emotional, Physical Motor, and Language Tests in Predicting Development Levels of Mentally Handicapped Preschool Children.
LaBay, Michael J.; Anderson, Nels M.
Results of the research reported in this paper suggest that the development of mentally handicapped preschool children may not be measurable in distinct cognitive, social/emotional, physical motor, and language areas. This research further indicates that a testing instrument designed to measure the generalized factors of intelligence and social adaptability in a classroom setting may be sufficient for the identification of the mentally handicapped child prior to his (her) first public school experience. This paper highlights the results of an effort to determine the predictive power of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, the Leiter International Performance Scale, the Southeastern Day Care Project (HEW) Rating Scale, and the ABC Inventory when used to diagnose mentally handicapped children in the areas of preschool cognitive, social/emotional, physical motor, and language development. The specific objective of the research is to determine if mentally handicapped preschool youngsters really need to be tested in all four areas of development in order to accurately predict which children require individual help prior to public school kindergarten placement. (Author/DEP)
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Behavior Rating Scales, Child Development, Cognitive Tests, Diagnostic Tests, Early Childhood Education, Identification, Intelligence Tests, Language Tests, Mental Retardation, Predictive Measurement, Preschool Children, Preschool Evaluation, Preschool Tests, Psychomotor Skills, Screening Tests, Social Adjustment, Statistical Analysis, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Denver Developmental Screening Test; Leiter International Performance Scale; Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence