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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




Louis P. Messier


The intelligence of moderately mentally retarded (MR) children is difficult to assess because they often have concurrent physical or sensory impairments which adversely affect their test performance. The purpose of this study was to determine if necessary adaptations are made when assessing children who are moderately MR for educational placement in the State of Virginia.;A survey was sent to public school psychologists in the State of Virginia as identified by the 1990-91 roster obtained from the Virginia Department of Education. The survey inquired as to their normal methods of intelligence testing used with the moderately mentally retarded population. The results of the survey and a review of literature were used to determine methods of successful assessment of children who are moderately mentally retarded.;The results of the study indicate that more than one intelligence measure must be made to validate the results. The inclusion of adaptive behavior scales is necessary to satisfy the criteria for mental retardation. Modifications are often necessary to prevent physical handicaps from suppressing the child's scores on standard intelligence tests. What is needed are precisely stated modifications, included with standard intelligence tests, which accommodate for the needs of moderately mentally retarded children.



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