Parents fight for autistic siblings to remain in specialist school

Parents fight for autistic siblings to remain in specialist school

By Adam Carey December 4, 2021 — 1.53pm , register or subscribe to save articles for later. 0 Leave a comment When Zarisha Ghayur started school at age five, an assessment of her intellectual disability found that her IQ was so low that it could not be scored. Her language skills were ranked in the bottom 0.1 per cent among Australian children her age. “Unable to complete any verbal task, even when pictures were involved,” the psychologist wrote in her report. “Did not interact on a personal level with the examiner, did not appear to respond to conversation directed at her.” Somisha (far left) and Adeerus Ghayur with their daughter Zarisha, 10, and son Zeerus, 12, at home in the Latrobe Valley.Credit:Eddie Jim The following year, in 2017, her older brother Zeerus was also assessed at age eight. His IQ was also too low to be scored, his verbalisations “limited to one or two word utterances and frequent echolalia”. Such assessments – which involve a series of tests of children’s speech, verbal comprehension, working memory and so on – are standard when determining a child’s eligibility for funding under Victoria’s program for students with disabilities. The Ghayur siblings both […]

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