Assessment of Low-Functioning Children

  • Nancy M. Johnson-Martin
Part of the Current Issues in Autism book series (CIAM)


Psychologists and educators are sometimes called upon to assess children whose development is sufficiently deviant or delayed to challenge the assumptions of traditional assessment procedures. Some of these children are so physically handicapped that they cannot interact with traditional test materials. Others have markedly delayed development in all areas. They may be too old (beyond 30 months) for the age norms of the most commonly used infant tests, but are functioning at an infant level. Still others, including many autistic children, are delayed in all areas but also have strikingly deviant development. Perhaps their language skills are much more delayed than motor skills, or they have widely scattered skills within one domain (e.g., good vocal imitation without any vocal communication).


Autistic Child Programming Guide Developmental Assessment Handicapped Infant Vineland Social Maturity Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy M. Johnson-Martin
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  1. 1.CHILD ProjectDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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