Telling it like it is

December 8, 2008 at 7:53 pm 10 comments

To Whom It May Concern:

     It appears that my son C has had his share of developmental evaluations over the years. From one therapist to another we have made the rounds, completed by Preschool Language Scales, CELFs, EVTs, Language Acquisition Challenge Test, SPELT scores, Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test, DIAL-3 Language screening, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Peabody Developmental Motor Skills, Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Sensory Profile, Beery Test, B.O. Motor Test, and the Vineland Scales. These objectively scored tests don’t really tell me much about my child, so what follows is my evaluation after nearly 8 years of intense study.  

     C has more enthusiasm than just about anyone I know. His teacher’s husband (otherwise known as “Mystery Man”) brings popsicles into class every week or two, and C can hardly contain his excitement. On the Scale of Enthusiasm Development, C is a 10 out of 10.

     C has the best dimples. Inherited from Daddy, C got lucky and has them on both cheeks. For the Cuteness Rating, C’s scores are in the highly developed range.

     C spreads his joy wherever we go. Whether he’s charming little old ladies at the grocery store or chatting up the bank teller, his Flirt Factor is well above average.

     C does not have a mean spirited thought in his head. I watch other kids fake whispering to each other to exclude him, and am happy he would never even think to do that. On the Kindness Growth Test, C’s scores are perfect.

     C is funny. He says and does funny things all the time. He often doesn’t realize he’s being funny until we start laughing, and then he heartily joins in, of course repeating (a zillion times) whatever behavior or comment brought on the reaction in the first place. On the Humor Placement Chart, C gets an A.

     C’s fixations and obsessions tend to pass just about the time we’re about to go crazy hearing about them. Some, like trains, seem to be permanent, but fortunately the plumbing interest (as in, investigating the pipes in any and all bathrooms in our path) passed relatively quickly. On the Doesn’t Drive Mommy TOO Nuts Scale, C places fairly well.

     C can do some amazing things. He can count by 13s for just about forever, and he can read nearly anything you put in front of him. C can nearly whoop me at Scrabble, and I’m pretty good. And don’t even try to play concentration with him. On the Pretty Cool Tricks to Bring Out at a Cocktail Party, C ranks near the top of the charts.

     In conclusion, C is a delightful child. Please put this evaluation in front of all the others you have, as it is by far the most important and telling about C.


     C’s Mommy and biggest fan.

Thanks to Mama Mara  for inadvertently suggesting this post!

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Good Fountain  |  December 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Love this post!

  • 2. hopeauthority  |  December 8, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    I love this post! You need to run for public office, get elected, and have some of these tests instituted. Its time we level the playing field for our kids.
    Think of all those typical, snickering, whispering, exclusionary little jackasses who would SO fail the Kindness test. I think their parents should have to put up with some failed tests…a BOOK full of them.
    But I guess God is fair. Yes, He gave our kids autism/special needs. But he also made them so much smarter and cuter and funnier and sweeter than those meanies.

  • 3. Stat Mama  |  December 9, 2008 at 12:03 am

    This is beautiful. Absolutely, incredibly, inspiringly beautiful. I love it.

  • 4. Robin  |  December 9, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Beautiful post. Sometimes the best thing you can do is step back and remember what’s really important.

  • 5. Holly's Mom  |  December 9, 2008 at 2:58 am

    this is an awsome post, thanks for sharing C’s latest eval with us.

  • 6. therocchronicles  |  December 9, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Love it. Totally true. I’m still feeling sore after hearing all the “can’t do” “won’t do” ” low percentile scores” from the Roc’s recent eval, and this is a wonderful idea to turn that around.

    Love that C is a flirt! how cute 🙂

  • 7. pixiemama  |  December 9, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Thanks. I needed that!

  • 8. goodmum  |  December 9, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    This is a beautiful tribute to C. I love it!

  • 9. robinaltman  |  December 9, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    That was just lovely! See? I’d read an evaluation like that anytime! (I particularly enjoyed the part about C going over and over the thing that made him laugh. I do that! )

  • 10. tiredmama  |  December 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Awesome! Thank you. 🙂


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