I’m convinced Kirsten likes to play mind games with evaluators. And can you blame her? It must be annoying to go through life with all of the poking and prodding – people watching your every gesture, assessing your every word. I think I’d do a little poking back too!
She will mislead them at every opportunity. Think you’ve got me pegged? Not a chance! Here are a few of my most memorable moments:
Stated Goals: “We are going to teach Kirsten her name.” Um… Kirsten knows her name, my name, the neighbors’ name, and probably YOUR name…
Stated Goals: “We are going to teach Kirsten three colors.” So… would that be in-addition-to the box of 64. Including “Purple Mountain Majesty?”
Kirsten goes into the evaluation with silly putty (to help relieve stress) and comes out chewing. Me: “What’s in your mouth? Honey, I told you. No silly putty in your mouth!” Evaluator: “Oh, is THAT what that was?”
More recently (and my favorite):
Kirsten’s psychological evaluation states, “During a limited informal interview before starting to test, Kirsten related that she lives with her mother, has no brothers, and has a younger sister who is ten years old.” News to me! I better hunt down that sister. She’s really been neglected…
You can see that as her verbal skills developed over the years, so did her ability to play mind games. Gotta love the ingenuity. You go girl!
Tell me – how has your child shined during evaluation time??!