Defining IQ Score in Children Intelligence Tests

I’ve done my internship 2 weeks ago and I just had my case presentation this morning. I will share a thought about defining IQ scores in intelligence tests with children.

One of my subjects was FK. He had been tested by CPM and WPPSI to get a clear understanding on his cognitive abilities. His CPM score is 15 (out of 36 items) and by that score, we can say that he has an average cognitive ability compare to his peers. But, his WPPSI scores are not as good as CPM and not consistent, if we just look at the numbers. His verbal score IQ is 62, Performance Score is 74 and Full Scale Score is 65. If we look only at the number, this boy has the possibilities to be diagnosed with Mild Mental Retardation. I was confused by this contradiction, between his CPM and WPPSI scores.

Then, I started to look at my raw data on his development before and after individual intervention that I gave to him. He could sit still and did his practices for 1 hour and 30 minutes! It was a long study period for a 5-year-old boy. Before the intervention, he was labelled as a difficult child, because he could not memorize numbers, colors and letters that had been taught in the class and reviewed at the orphanage (during study time).

If I look back at his background, it all makes sense. His parents died a few years ago and he was taken care by his uncle, who has 4 kids on his own. Then, FK was sent to a boarding house for adults and he was somehow abandoned, because noone was really look after him. And finally, on 16 February 2008, he was sent to the orphanage by his uncle. Actually, this is where his journey had just begun. He started to go to school and build relationship with his peers. He started to learn how to be discipline and follow the rules in the orphanage. He started to have his new life. But then, a new problems comes up, when his ability in the class is not optimal. He is somewhat has difficulties to understand the materials given in the class, compare to his peers.

My arguments for his condition are:

  1. He had missed the opportunities to grasp basic information, social skills and vocabularies stimulation during his early periods of life. It is due to the incident of his parents and his following unsupported environment.
  2. He needs an individual session to help him master the basic skills needed, such as: naming colors, numbers and letters. He can overcome his ‘missing period’ by doing this session with responsible adult in interactive and stimulated environment.

FK still has his talents to develop, so that he will be able to catch up with his peers. Even though his number now is below the expectation, with maximum help in a logical timeframe, he will be able to overcome this condition.

The Meaning of Being Loved

During May, I’ve spent 3 weeks to be with the children at the orphanage. At first, I thought that their parents were heartless, they have no efforts whatsoever to take care of their own offsprings. They don’t even care if their children were alive or not. And I thought there was no better place for a child to grow, beside at their own home with their parents. But after 3 weeks with those children, I’ve changed my mind…

Im falling in love...

Im falling in love...

I found the real meaning of being loved! The children were loved by the nuns and the caregivers. They can have 3 times meal everyday, plus 2 times of snacks and fruits. They even drink milk twice a day, something that can’t get if they live with their parents.

Last Saturday, I spent 3 hours talking to the nun of my group. She told me about background of some children who need special attentions from the caregiver. Abused children, poor family, incest, learning dissabilities, and neglected children. Some of their parents do not care about them in some ways, they rarely visit their children, never pay for the school fee or living cost. The orphanage never charge the parents with certain amount of money and wishing that parents will pay as much as they could to support their own children. Half of the money given will go to the saving account which belongs to each child. The orphanage fully support the school fee, daily living cost and other expenses for the children. I found the new meaning of being loved … Those children are loved by their caregivers, put all of their past and cruelty behind.

Another lesson of giving love in this life…

Our Origins

When I watching X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a few hours earlier, I thought to myself about human’s origins. We all have our own stories in this life. We inherited genes from our parents, which makes us as who we are now…

Wolverine is my favorite character in X-Men. He is strong, kind-hearted and yet able to hide his ‘animal’ character. He is complete as who he is, mixture of bad and good qualities as a person or a mutant (for me, he is a person). He loves Kayla (another mutant) so much and yet able to kill enemies through number of wars that he’s been through. He knows how to manage his good side over his bad qualities.Well, the origins of Wolverine was a bit pathetic, for he had go through rough process of replacing his flesh and blood with adamantine. I still love his character though…

I wonder to myself about my own origins. I’ve heard a lot about how parents behave in such a way and that behaviors contribute in modeling process by their children. For example, I have my Dad’s hard-headed quality. I never know how can I have such trait in me, but I think I look at my father a a figure and I do the same thing that he does (modeing process occurs). Many positive traits and behaviors can be seen and conditioned by responsible parents. They can deliver the good values, norms and religion to their children.

But, what about the orphans?

I have started my 1st week at the orphanage. What disturb me most is the question on how did their parents have a heart to abandon their children in such institution? The place is nice and well organized, but still, the question haunts me. The children are unhappy for being institutionalized, because they know that they still can live with their parents. Many of them are asking about their parents, their family, their origins… Some of them are really have no one of their family left in this world.

The orphanage manager often introduce foster parents to those children who never met their family for their entire lives. It is made to help the children feel at home when school holiday comes and help them to understand how does it feel to be ‘at home’. I know how hard it is for the manager to manage such a thing for the children, but still the question of their origins remain unanswered…