Physical performance cannot be immediately discerned from the interview, but a description of the child’s play shows that he prefers less active activities such as construction games (see Q7 of Appendix). A more careful reading of the transcript shows that the mother believes that the child is pretty healthy for his age. Also, mother reported that child does not get sick beyond a usual cough and colds (see response to Q8 in the appendix) and this is normal for 6-year olds. In the development indicators published by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (2010) shows that a cough and colds are common illnesses due to the child’s exposure in school. It is not a debilitating disease that signals developmental delays, but rather, a normal occurrence inactive children. Responses to various questions in the interview (see Q5 and Q7 of Appendix) showed that intellectually, A was not lagging. For example, mother said that He learned to read and write at 4 years old…He learned to count, and sing songs from memory (see Q5 of Appendix) which was actually advanced for a child his age (T. M McDevitt amp. Ormrod, 2007). Meanwhile, A’s ability to create elaborate designs during construction play is a sign of a very active intellectual life. His imagination and creativity are utilized real-time, allowing him to create something unusual for a child his age. Putting blocks, stones, and cloth together to create structure requires fine motor skills (to put one block on top of the other, etc.), and a sophisticated capability to analyze (to determine how to use the stones and cloth so that they do not fall. All these illustrate that A is truly a brilliant child and that his inner life may be richer than what he is able to communicate.
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